The Tucson has been one of the mainstays of the Hyundai line-up in recent years and for is getting a big facelift for the 2019 model year.
In the cosmetic department, Hyundai’s compact crossover vehicle gets a new grille and new headlights and a new front and rear fascias for 2019 in a bid to keep up with the intensifying competition in the utility vehicle segments that J.D Power & Associates indicates is beginning to put increased pressure on some models.
But the current edition of the Tucson has set a sales record in each of the past 12 months and the new version of Tucson, which following its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week is due in showrooms next fall, will also get a significant amount of new technology.
In addition, most of the new tech will be served up as standard equipment.
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For starters, the 2019 Tucson will be equipped with Android and Apple CarPlay so customers can bring their own music and preferred navigation system into the new Tucson. The second row of the 2019 Tucson also will be equipped with a USB charger.
The 2019 Tucson also is equipped with a forward collision warning system to help protect driver, passenger and vehicle.
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Two engines are available on the 2019 Tucson and both of them have been tweaked and tuned as part of the update of the vehicle.
The basic two-liter, four-cylinder engine with direct will produce 164 horsepower and 181 foot-pounds of torque, while the 2.6 liter available on the Tucson will produce 181 horsepower and 175 foot pounds of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.
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“The 2019 Tucson’s tremendous enhancements place the modern-day Tucson as a top competitor for SUV shoppers,” according to Scott Margason, Hyundai director of product planning.