We are used to seeing all kinds of camouflaged vehicles running around the Nürburgring. Yet when a high-end SUV comes around the corners, we can’t help but smile. This is especially true when the SUV in question is not a performance model, and this is exactly the case with this new Hyundai Tucson spy video.
All we can say after watching this clip is whoa, nellie. If the driver of this pitch and taxi SUV doesn’t get upset during a full Nordschleife tour, we would be extremely impressed. From the opening scene, we are treated to tires that are mercilessly tortured, and this remains so in the many corners we see during the short video. Oh, that poor test vehicle.
For Hyundai’s defense, the screeching of tires is not simply the result of an SUV trying to turn with a little little speed. This test driver pushes extremely hard, as evidenced by the slight drift of the four wheels at the start of the clip. We don’t envision a Tucson owner engaging in such activity, but judging from what we see here, he could. And they could live to tell the story.
The camouflage levels are similar to what we saw previously, and it looks like there are still placeholder lights in the back of this test car. Underneath, the new Tucson should receive Hyundai’s 2.5-liter Theta3 four-cylinder engine, driving the front wheels as standard. We suspect it could be an AWD model, as we don’t notice any glaring understeer from the prototype. All things considered, it seems surprisingly well balanced for an SUV that does not emphasize performance. It almost makes you wonder if some sort of N model could be in the works.
The new Tucson should arrive in the base version before such performance-based speculation can go any further. At this point, we expect Hyundai to lift the camouflage at the end of this year and bill the redesigned SUV as a 2021 model.