The Tucson SUV Will Be The First Diesel Hybrid Hyundai
The updated Hyundai Tucson, which was officially introduced in the spring of 2018 at the New York Auto Show, will be the first model of the brand with a hybrid diesel transmission. The system will improve handling, reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency by 7%, according to the automaker.
The Tucson SUVs with mild-hybrid technology will be on sale this summer. An adjacent model, the Kia Sportage, also receives a hybrid diesel drivetrain after restyling.
The motor range of the 2019 Hyundai Tucson includes renewed petrol and diesel engines, which have been improved to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. A petrol 1.6-liter GDI engine with 130 hp will be assembled with a six-speed manual transmission and mounted only on crossovers with front-wheel drive.
A turbo T-GDI with 170 hp is mated with a seven-speed pre-selective automatics and will be available both with FWD drive and in all-wheel drive versions.
The choice of diesel engines is wider – these are three units with 115, 132 and 185 horsepower. The transmission is manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox. All diesel motors comply with the Euro 6d Temp emissions standard.
It is the 2.0-liter diesel which will be available with Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG) technology. It can give the engine an additional impulse of 17 hp, which will not be superfluous for a sharp acceleration.
The system is connected to a small lithium-ion battery and works automatically. It will help reducing emissions and saving fuel by taking off some load from the internal combustion engine.
In the spring of 2019 the hybrid technology will be added to the new 1.6-liter diesel Smart Stream engine, details of which will be reported closer to its launch.
The updated Tucson will go on sale in Europe this summer. Hyundai still does not unveil the prices, but they’ll unlikely differ much from the cost of today’s cars, which starts from 22,000 euros.
Source – Carbuyer