Hyundai adds plug-in hybrid models to updated Tucson crossover lineup

With the redesign of its five-passenger Tucson compact crossover for 2022, Hyundai has added a plug-in hybrid version, also called PHEV, that takes the regular Tucson hybrid model one step further.
This means that in addition to recharging its own battery when running on gasoline, as the regular hybrid does, the Tucson PHEV version has an external power connection that allows its battery to be replaced. by an outside source.
Hyundai says this gives it a battery-only range of up to 33 miles, which means if your daily driving routine runs a bit below that, you might be able to go without buying gas. for long periods.
Official EPA fuel economy ratings give the 2022 Tucson Limited PHEV (2022 base price $42,700; 2023 price $44,310, plus $1,295 freight) we tested a combined city/highway rating of 80 mpg, and says that’s based on a 1.7-hour recharge time, using a 240-volt power source.
Running on gasoline only, using the vehicle as a standard hybrid with no external charging, the EPA rating for this model is 35 mpg combined city/highway.

That compares to the 37-mpg combined city/highway rating of the Tucson Limited Hybrid (2023 base price of $38,660).
For 2023, the base Tucson PHEV SEL model starts at $37,050, while the regular hybrid’s entry-level BLUE model starts at $30,900 and the mid-level SEL Convenience trim starts at $33,860.
All hybrid and plug-in hybrid models come standard with all-wheel drive.
As for the Tucson in general, the 2022 makeover brought a sleek new exterior design based on the company’s overall “Sensuous Sportiness” design theme.
Along with this, there was more passenger space and additional cargo capacity.
The redesign made the Tucson six inches longer than the previous model, but also included changes designed to increase the fuel efficiency of all versions, while adopting the latest safety and convenience technologies.

For standard gasoline versions, prices for 2023 start at $26,450 plus $1,295 freight for the SE model with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, or 27 $950 with all-wheel drive.
2023 models are retained unchanged from 2022.
The Tucson PHEV is powered by a 1.6-litre GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired with a 66.9 kW permanent magnet electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The gas engine and electric motor have a combined output of 261 horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of torque, giving this vehicle a very quick start, making it fun to drive.
It also comes with a 13.8 kWh (kilowatt-hour) lithium-ion polymer battery, as well as a 7.2 kWh in-box charger and charging port. It can be recharged using regular 115 volt household current, but it takes much longer than the 1.7 hours using a 240 volt power source.
The transmission is shift-by-wire, and there’s an electric parking brake. The HTRAC all-wheel drive comes with Drive Mode Select, which consists of a toggle switch in front of the center console shift buttons. Modes include Eco, Sport, Smart and Snow.
Our Tucson Limited PHEV came with a panoramic sunroof, 19-inch alloy wheels, premium grille finish and LED daytime running lights, automatic LED headlights and taillights, body-color rear spoiler with LED brake light, roof rails, rain-sensing wipers and rear privacy glass.
Inside there are leather seats, ambient lighting, dual automatic climate control with rear air vents, power driver’s seat with lumbar support, power passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a premium Bose audio system.

The new Tucson exterior features half-mirror daytime running lights integrated into the grille, which are only visible when turned on.
The side profile of the vehicle includes a long hood and a flat roofline, combined with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Similar to the daytime running lights, the full-width taillights have half-hidden triangular shapes that are only clearly visible when illuminated.
The instrument panel features a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a hoodless digital gauge cluster and multi-air ventilation, which Hyundai says is “a climate control system that provides diffused airflow over front passengers… [which] reduces potentially unpleasant airflow.
In front, comfortable bucket seats and a three-seater bench seat in the second row. The Tucson’s second-row seat features a “fold-and-dive” feature to instantly expand cargo space when no passenger needs the back seat. There is a convenient release lever for this function in the luggage compartment.

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