2021 Hyundai Tucson ‘Spied’ Undergoing Hard Testing In New Teaser
· Before its official market launch, the all-new Tucson was thoroughly tested. Among other things, the tests included ride and handling and overall quality
The all-new Tucson not only promises a striking and unique look, but also efficient and fun-to-drive powertrains and practical features for everyday use, from four-wheel drive to towing capabilities
Like its predecessor, it will be produced in Europe, for Europe
Offenbach, September 8, 2020 – The all-new Tucson has passed the final stages of testing and quality assurance. After a period of intensive development at Hyundai test centers, proving grounds and roads around the world, the all-new Hyundai Tucson was refined in the Czech Republic and Austria ahead of its market launch.
The all-new Tucson is the fourth generation of Hyundai’s best-selling SUV. It is the first Tucson to be developed under Hyundai’s new design identity, Sensuous Sportiness. It’s also fun to drive, thanks to responsive engine and transmission choices, paired with practical features for everyday use, from four-wheel drive to towing capabilities.
Vehicle quality is a priority for Hyundai. Over the past few years, the company has been regularly recognized with awards reflecting this. In the 2020 US Initial Quality Study, the JD Power consumer bible ranked the third-generation Tucson as the best compact SUV on the market.
“Hyundai is committed to producing the highest quality vehicles. This is also reflected in our industry-leading five-year unlimited mileage warranty package which offers customers peace of mind, ”said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing and Product, Hyundai Motor Europe. . “Through extensive testing of the all-new Tucson before it hits the market, customers can be sure they are choosing a car that is one of the best in terms of initial and long-term quality.”
Period of intensive development
In recent months, the all-new Tucson has been developed and tested in Europe by performing accelerated durability testing and dynamic testing at the world’s most demanding race track, the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, as well as rigorous testing on public roads. across Europe from the coldest winter test conditions in Sweden to trailer testing in the Alps and warm weather testing in southern Spain to ensure the high expectations of European customers are met .
Throughout the testing process at a dedicated proving ground in the Czech Republic, the all-new Tucson had to prove its quality under extreme conditions and was put to the test in various scenarios. As a true SUV, the four-wheel drive system, torque distribution, clutch controllability and low-speed torque build-up have been tried and tested under different conditions. These extensive tests allow drivers to take the all-new Tucson over rough terrain without compromise.
On difficult roads, for example, Hyundai engineers checked the general rigidity of the body structure, opening all doors, the tailgate and the panoramic roof with two wheels on the ground and two wheels diagonally in the air. The doors were closed without problem during this challenge, confirming the rigidity of the vehicle body. On Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) surfaces, engineers have identified the abnormal noises made by the car in certain situations and reduced them to ensure the best experience for all new Tucson customers. Each surface provided a different frequency of noise in the vehicle, allowing for extensive testing.
Engineers also drove the vehicle through the water to verify that items such as the underbody covers and wheel guards would hold up properly after driving in the water, even at higher speeds. In addition, they examined whether the model could easily drive through fords of water 20 to 30 centimeters deep. In addition, the parking brake, Autohold Assistant and Downhill Brake Control had to prove their durability on steep slopes with gradients between 30-45%. Stress was also applied to the clutch when launching a vehicle down an incline to ensure the all-new Tucson is ready for everyday challenges.
After proving it was built to last in the Czech Republic, the all-new Tucson had to demonstrate its towing capability in the Austrian Alps. On Grossglockner Mountain, Hyundai engineers took the all-new Tucson over a rough route with a trailer, testing the vehicle’s behavior when towing a trailer uphill, downhill, and around turns.
The ongoing final test allows test engineers to incorporate their latest findings into the final series production vehicle, ensuring the all-new Tucson will provide a fun and reliable experience for future customers.
With more than 7 million units sold worldwide since its launch in 2004, including 1.4 million in Europe alone, the Tucson is Hyundai’s best-seller in the region. Production will take place at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) production facility in Nošovice, Czech Republic, making it the third generation Tucson to be produced in Europe, for Europe.
The digital world premiere of the all-new Tucson will take place at 2:30 a.m. CEST on September 15. The livestream, a teaser video and images will be available on hyundai.com and on Hyundai’s social networks.