Plug-in joins new

Tucson line up

Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, 2020, front, charging
Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid, 2020, badge

HYUNDAI will be adding a plug-in hybrid option to its new Tucson SUV range and it's due to arrive in spring 2021.

The PHEV will be coming on stream soon after the launch of the new model - expected within the next few weeks.

The Tucson Plug-in Hybrid will be equipped with the third generation of Hyundai's 1.6-litre T-GDi Smartstream engine paired with a 66.9 kW electric motor with a maximum torque of 304Nm and a 13.8 kWh lithium polymer battery.

Combined, they deliver 265ps and 350Nm maximum torque with the system mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Prices of the plug-in model Hyundai have yet to be announced but it will be the flagship of the new range which will cost from £28,495 and top out at £37,195.

The plug-in will have a range of more than 30 miles on a fully charged battery but recharging times have still to be announced.

With its battery placed below the body its impact on interior space has been minimal and the car has 955mm of rear legroom and a boot capacity ranging from 558 to 1,737 litres - not much less than that of other versions in the line up.

The plug-in will join conventional petrol and diesel variants as well as mild and full hybrid powertrains as part of Hyundai's plans to offer maximum choice in the Tucson.

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