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Hyundai Unveils Its Refreshed 2025 Tucson at New York International Auto Show


Today, Hyundai unveiled its thoroughly refreshed 2025 Tucson SUV in a North American reveal at the New York International Auto Show. The updated 2025 Tucson continues to build upon its successful Sensuous Sportiness design identity with a more commanding front and rear appearance, updated lighting signatures, new alloy wheel designs and a significantly redesigned interior.

Many new and enhanced driver comfort, convenience, and safety technologies have also been added. 2025 Tucson 2.5L models will arrive at U.S. dealerships in June, while 1.6L turbo and plug-in hybrid models will be available in late summer.

Exterior Design Enhancements

The 2025 Tucson presents an evocative, bold appearance with ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design language and kinetic, jewel-like surface detailing, ensuring its distinct identity in today’s crowded SUV marketplace. For 2025, revised exterior styling imbues Tucson with a more planted, substantial look thanks to a new grille, redesigned front and rear bumper fascia, and an updated daytime running light signature.

New alloy wheels, anodized aluminium badging, and a 75-mm longer rear wiper blade for improved visibility round out these purposeful changes.

The front fascia styling enhancements incorporate more vital vertical grille elements for a more rugged, stable appearance. Tucson’s iconic daytime running light signature has been simplified from ten lighting areas to eight larger units for an even bolder presence, day or night. New bridge-type raised roof side rails add capability and ruggedness to the outdoors-oriented XRT.

Redesigned Interior and Infotainment

The 2025 Tucson’s interior may feature the most significant upgrades thanks to a more open-feeling design and a higher-tech yet easier-to-use infotainment interface. This cabin glow-up incorporates a redesigned panoramic curved display that integrates an available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an enlarged 12.3-inch infotainment display.

A redesigned centre stack includes the addition of supplementary knobs and switchgear for frequent-use driver controls, including audio volume and tuning, along with select HVAC controls for greatly improved ergonomics. The centre console, steering wheel and door panel accents have also been redesigned for fresh appeal and enhanced usability. A new dashboard tray above the glovebox adds more storage space for front-seat passengers.

On premium models with shift-by-wire function, the transmission is now controlled by a column-mounted gear selector, liberating more usable space in the centre console area. A larger, 12.3-inch hoodless infotainment touchscreen has been added to all trims.

This system features faster processing speeds, enhanced colours, sharper graphics, and more intuitive layouts for improved ease of use. The wireless device quick-charging pad (15-watt) has also moved to a more convenient driver access position.

Limited models include acoustic laminated front-side windows to enhance passenger comfort and reduce interior noise. Available heated steering wheel and rear seat heaters offer additional temperature settings for more precise control and comfort. XRT models add XRT debossing on the front seatbacks.

Human-Centric Technology Integration

For 2025, the new Tucson can now make convenient updates to various vehicle systems, including powertrain, safety, multimedia, and mapping systems (when equipped with navigation) via over-the-air (OTA) updates.1

Tucson’s available integrated memory system includes a power driver’s seat and outside mirror settings for greater convenience. Front passengers can now access USB-C data and charging ports with improved 27-watt charging capability.

Rear passengers also receive standard USB-C charging ports. For 2025, Wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® integration are now standard on all Tucson models. Moreover, a new 12-inch colour Head-Up Display (HUD) with premium graphics is also available.

The HUD displays turn-by-turn directions via CarPlay® and Android Auto™ when equipped with the onboard navigation system. Further, a newly available fingerprint authentication sensor on the instrument cluster provides new security and convenience. Its biometric authentication allows the driver to start and drive the Tucson securely without an intelligent key.

Tucson’s proximity-key entry with push-button start is now standard, while available Digital Key 2 Premium provides convenient, key-fob-free vehicle access. This system allows door locking, unlocking, and vehicle engine start without needing to take your phone out of your pocket or purse using Bluetooth Low Energy, Advanced NFC, and Ultra-Wideband technologies.

It even makes it easy to share temporary keys digitally with family, friends, or clients. In addition, SiriusXM® satellite-capable radio is standard, and all Hyundai Bluelink+2 services are now offered complimentary upon purchase.

With Bluelink+, critical safety and maintenance features, such as Auto Collision Assistance, SOS Assistance, Remote Diagnostics, Maintenance Reminders, over-the-air ECU updates, and convenient vehicle remote features are available with no trial period, and for the life of the supporting technology and 4G LTE network.

Hyundai Pay3, which enables paying for parking and fueling from inside the vehicle, is available, as is a WiFi hotspot4 that can connect five devices simultaneously for full-family connectivity. The HVAC system now adds automatic fan ventilation after the A/C system shutdown to help reduce condensation and odours caused by excessive humidity.

Enhanced Safety

For 2025, Tucson adds Forward Attention Warning (FAW), which utilizes an infrared camera mounted on the steering column to help track the driver’s eye gaze and monitor attention levels to help ensure safe driving. Available Smart Cruise Control 2 continually assesses driver alertness.

If the driver is found to be unresponsive, the system can even help safely bring the vehicle to a stop, activating the hazard lights and the electronic parking brake once the car is stopped. Additionally, rear outboard passenger seatbelts now feature standard pretensioners and load limiters.

Diverse Smartstream™ Powertrain Family Line-up

The 2025 Tucson offers a Smartstream™ 2.5-litre, direct-injected, and multi-port-injected gasoline engine and available 1.6-litre, direct-injected, turbocharged hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Thanks to high-efficiency combustion, the Smartstream 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine boasts a generous 187 horsepower at 6,100 pm and 178 lb.-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The eight-speed automatic transmission mated to the standard 2.5-litre engine provides quick and crisp shifts for an engaging and efficient driving experience.

Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains

Tucson’s hybrid models provide a balanced combination of fun-to-drive performance and excellent economy compared with some competitors’ pure efficiency focus. 2025 Tucson hybrid and plug-in models now offer driver-adjustable levels of regenerative braking for improved control and comfort.

The Hybrid powertrain’s 1.6-litre turbocharged gasoline engine produces an estimated 178 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft of torque, with 231 total hybrid system horsepower. This hybrid system also produces an estimated 258 lb.-ft of torque thanks to a powerful 47.7-kW electric motor (formerly 44.2 kW) and a 1.49-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Tucson Hybrid delivers abundant power through a specially tuned six-speed automatic transmission for smooth, quiet, and efficient performance.

Plug-in hybrid models feature a high-output 1.6-litre turbocharged, direct-injected four coupled with a specially tuned six-speed automatic transmission and a more powerful 72.0-kW electric motor (increased from 66.9 kW).

The system output is rated at a robust 268 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. Of torque. The Plug-in Hybrid battery is larger than the Hybrid pack, offering 13.8 kWh of lithium-ion power. Level 2 AC charging5 takes fewer than two hours to recharge the PHEV’s battery using its 7.2-kW onboard charger.

Shared Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Technologies

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models include standard HTRAC® all-wheel drive (AWD) to meet the needs of eco-minded buyers seeking enhanced capability in inclement weather and limited-traction situations. Driver-selectable HTRAC® Normal, Sport, Snow, and (new for 2025) My Drive modes offer confident driver control in various conditions.

Moreover, within the new My Drive sub-menu, a driver-selectable Baby Mode helps reduce the sharpness of initial acceleration, smoothing out driver inputs for a gentler acceleration feeling for passengers. This more serene experience helps reduce disturbances that may upset infants or pets.

Additionally, a new Green Zone drive mode optimizes pure EV mode for use in urban zones with specific eco-focused requirements. The Sport setting gives Tucson a more agile feel by sending additional torque to the rear wheels for a sporty, dynamic experience.

e-Motion Driving Dynamics

Tucson Hybrid models feature Hyundai’s e-Motion technology, which precisely applies electric motor torque control according to dynamic inputs and road conditions to improve cornering performance for heightened driver confidence and even more fun-to-drive dynamics.

1. Requires active Bluelink subscription.

2. Bluelink+ is available to purchasers, lessees of 2024, and newer Bluelink-equipped Hyundai models. It is not available on all models and trims. Bluelink+ requires an active account subject to the Connected Services Terms and Conditions. Only use Bluelink features and corresponding devices when they are safe. Cellular and GPS coverage is required. Fees apply for map and multimedia over-the-air (OTA) updates after an initial three-year period of complementary updates. The three-year term starts from the new vehicle’s date of first use. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change. Bluelink services rely on digital wireless telecommunications technology outside of Hyundai’s control. Bluelink depends on 4G LTE cellular networks controlled and maintained by third-party wireless carriers. If and when these networks change and discontinue service, or the underlying technology required to support Bluelink becomes obsolete, the connected services will not work, and Hyundai will be forced to cancel impacted subscription services.

3. Hyundai Pay is presently only available on select Hyundai models. It requires the MyHyundai mobile app and an active Bluelink account, subject to the Connected Services Terms and Conditions. Hyundai Pay includes a Bluelink subscription for eligible vehicles at no additional cost. Cellular and GPS coverage is required. Only use Bluelink features and corresponding devices when they are safe. Valid Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card must be linked to MyHyundai account with Bluelink. The card issuing bank determines credit card eligibility and terms. Participating merchants accept them for off-street reserved parking only. Availability of such services may change over time and vary by vehicle and geographic location. Additional merchant terms and fees may apply. Participating merchants may not operate in all places. Features, specifications, and fees are subject to change. 

4. It requires an active data plan from Verizon and acceptance of Hyundai Motor America Connected Services Terms and Conditions. Coverage and service are not available in all areas. WiFi hotspot is intended for passenger use only. Only use WiFi and connected devices when it is safe to do so. See for terms and conditions.

5. The estimated charging time is based on a Level 2 240V charger. Actual charging time varies based on several factors, including the current battery charge level, the output of the charging unit, the vehicle and battery settings, the battery temperature, and the outside temperature. The charger and cable are not included.

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