The long-wheelbase version has more overall length than the outgoing Tucson sold in the U.S. It is also taller and wider.
Hyundai said previously the Tucson will be the first compact crossover with two wheelbase options. In addition to the U.S., the long-wheelbase version will be sold in such markets as Canada, Russia, China and Africa. The short-wheelbase variant is geared toward places such as Europe and Mexico. The Tucson goes on sale this month in South Korea.
The crossover will offer a Smartstream 2.5-liter, direct-injection, four-cylinder gasoline engine or a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, direct-injection hybrid or plug-in hybrid setup. There will be 12 powertrain configurations globally, including diesels in some markets.
The 2.5-liter engine churns out about 187 hp, while the hybrid powertrain generates 227 hp.
The hybrid powertrain uses continuously variable valve duration technology to deliver a better balance of power with efficiency and emissions control.
Hyundai also plans an N Line sporty variant for global markets.
The latest Tucson is packed with a slew of safety features under Hyundai’s SmartSense suite of driver-assist technologies, including forward-collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane-following assist, remote smart parking assist and a surround-view monitor.