2021 Hyundai Tucson Debuts As Stylish Ford Escape Rival

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Hyundai teased its all-new 2021 Tucson crossover with a couple of darkened photos showing off its unique exterior and interior styling. Today, it officially revealed the new crossover, which will compete directly with the Ford Escape. The automaker notes that the fourth-generation 2021 Hyundai Tucson touts a host of best-in-segment features and class-leading capabilities.

As previously revealed, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be available in both short- and long-wheelbase variants. Among its many unique exterior styling features, the most notable are the Tucson’s half-mirror type daytime running lamps (DRLs), which are assimilated seamlessly within the parametric grille and are only revealed when illuminated.

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The kinetic design theme carries over to the rear, where the full-width taillamp incorporates half-hidden triangular shapes that are only visible when lit. Meanwhile, the Hyundai logo has been moved up and is integrated into the glass, while the wiper also moves up and hides under the rear spoiler.

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Hyundai refers to the new Tucson’s interior as “Interspace,” a design intended to provide a feeling of openness and serenity with a seamless blend of space, technology, and information. That means a blended design for the dash and door panels, a waterfall-like center fascia, and ambient mood lighting.

Three new tech features can be found inside the Tucson’s cabin as well – a vertically stacked, dual 10.25 inch full-touch screen exempt of hard buttons, a multi-air ventilation system, and an open, hoodless digital gauge cluster.

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The 2021 Hyundai Tucson will be available with both a Smartstream 2.5L, direct-injected, four-cylinder, gasoline powertrain and 1.6L, turbo, direct-injected, hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains. The 2.5L engine has an estimated output of 190 PS (187 horsepower) an estimated torque rating of 182 pound-feet, and is coupled to an 8 speed automatic transmission.

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The 1.6L hybrid powertrain produces an estimated 180 PS (177 horsepower), with a combined powertrain output of 230 PS (227 horsepower). It also produces 195 pound-feet of torque from the gasoline engine and 258 pound-feet from the combined hybrid powertrain.

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We’ll have more on all of Ford and Lincoln’s upcoming competitors as they’re revealed, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. This is a nice looking SUV. What’s also nice is you can go into a Hyundai dealership and also look at SEDANS! Not so at Ford /Lincoln dealership. What a stupid decision Ford made to get rid of sedans. In one stroke of the pen, they removed themselves from 25-30 percent of the market where they had been successfully competing. Hell of a way to treat loyal Ford sedan customers.

  2. For drivers like me this tail dragger (6.4 ” ground clearance) shouldn’t have ‘any’ merit, what is or isn’t Hyundai thanks?

  3. For me the styling is just a mess of lines especially side view.I preffer the un complicated look of the new ford escape(reminds me a bit of a porshe suv)or the boxy look of the bronco sport.

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