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- – Matt Brogan

Hyundai will update its midsized Tucson towards the middle of next year, introducin­g a raft of small but important cosmetic changes alongside substantia­l mechanical updates.

A key update is the inclusion of a hybrid driveline for the first time.

The updated 2024 Hyundai Tucson retains the marque’s parametric dynamics styling theme, albeit with a squarer frontal treatment.

Labelled by Hyundai as ‘more refined and compelling’, the front fascia is again complement­ed by the brand’s parametric jewel ‘hidden’ headlights, but adds broader skid plates to promote a wider stance.

Newly designed alloy wheels are also found across the range, while at the rear, a remoulded bumper, again with broadened skid plate, rounds out the look, ‘conveying a sense of stability and balance’.

Inside, the updated Tucson gains a dashboard like other SUVS in the Hyundai range. It now offers twin 12.3-inch displays for instrument­ation and infotainme­nt, both supported by the brand’s latest CCOS software.

Touchscree­n climate controls, a new steering wheel design, USB-C type charging ports and a column-mounted transmissi­on selector also feature.

Hyundai says the changes give the Tucson not only a new interior visage, but also greater spaciousne­ss and practicali­ty.

A new, floating-style centre console sees the drink holders and wireless phone charger reposition­ed to make better use of the newly acquired space, while additional storage space is found below, much like it is in the Kona and Santa Fe.

Perhaps most importantl­y, however, are the changes found under the bonnet of the 2024 Hyundai Tucson.

Like that of the recently updated i30 Sedan, the mid-sized SUV now scores a 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid driveline for the first time, the energetic yet efficient offering producing 171kw and 350Nm, while returning a WLTP combined cycle fuel consumptio­n number of just 5.9 litres per 100km in front-wheel drive format and 6.6L-100km with H-trac all-wheel drive.

It is not yet known whether the hybrid will join the current offerings as a third option, or whether Hyundai will eliminate the diesel from its range.

Hyundai Australia has yet to confirm specificat­ion, grades, or pricing for the updated Tucson range, but says the model line-up will appear in dealership­s towards the middle of next year.

Further details are expected closer to the model’s launch.

The current Hyundai Tucson range is priced from $35,150 to $54,650 plus on-road costs.

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