Hyundai’s Plug-In Hybrid Tucson Comes With 261 HP, 31 Miles Of EV Range

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Hyundai has finally released more details on the plug-in hybrid version of the new Tucson, which will launch in Europe in spring 2021.

The most heavily electrified version of the new Hyundai Tucson combines a turbocharged 177 HP 1.6-liter Smartstream petrol engine with a 90 HP electric motor and a 13.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. The combined system output is rated at 261 HP (265 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.

Hyundai estimates that the new Tucson Plug-In Hybrid will offer more than 31 miles (50 km) of EV range on the WLTP test cycle. It comes with a 7.2 kW onboard charger but Hyundai hasn’t announced yet the official charge times.

The new Tucson Plug-In Hybrid makes use of a shift-by-wire six-speed automatic transmission and standard HTRAC four-wheel-drive. The new SUV model also comes with an active air flap on the front, which adjusts the air intake depending on coolant temperature, vehicle speed, and more, in order to minimize air resistance and improve fuel economy.

In addition, the new plug-in hybrid Tucson still offers plenty of space for rear passengers and luggage, thanks to the clever packaging of the high-voltage battery pack on the underbody. Boot space has been slightly decreased from 620 liters to 558 liters with the seats up, and from 1799 liters to 1737 liters with them folded down.

The presence of the HTRAC four-wheel-drive system means that the Tucson Plug-In Hybrid also features a Terrain Mode selector, which can optimize power, torque, and braking depending on the road conditions.

Hyundai will also offer an electronically controlled suspension as an option, which adds adaptive dampers that can be adjusted by the driver by choosing Eco or Sport mode.