Introduced for 2022, the fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson will get a substantial mid-cycle update next year. Thanks to the company’s European division, we now have our first look at the 2025 model.
The pictures don’t show any major changes on the outside, which is what we expected. The Tucson is not ready yet to go all boxy and weird like the 2024 Santa Fe.
Essentially, the redesigned front fascia incorporates a new bumper (with a more prominent skid plate emphasizing the vehicle’s width), more angular lines around the headlights, and above all a new grille with larger openings and revised LED daytime running lights on each side. This makes the Tucson kind of look meaner and stronger.
Updated wheel designs will be part of the package, as well, and while Hyundai has yet to show us the rear section, we hear the bumper has been tweaked and features a bigger skid plate.
The most significant evolution can be found inside the 2025 Tucson. The entire dashboard and centre stack have been redesigned to bring them in line with Hyundai’s latest products such as the aforementioned Santa Fe, the next-gen Kona and the refreshed Sonata. The main highlight, of course, is the panoramic curved display combining two 12.3-inch displays (on select models) for the instruments and navigation.
Drivers will also face a new steering wheel and a new shifter mounted on the steering column—again similar to a growing number of Hyundai models, a trend that started with the IONIQ 5 electric crossover. The control panel for the HVAC system is brand new, too, while freed up space on the centre console allowed designers to add a wireless smartphone charger, not to mention extra storage underneath.
By the way, most of these changes are likely to be applied to the Santa Cruz pickup, whose exterior and interior design is largely based on the Tucson.
Powertrain options should remain the same, namely a 2.5-litre four-cylinder producing 187 horsepower, a hybrid system built around a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine and delivering a total of 226 horsepower, and finally a plug-in hybrid variant with 261 horsepower and a 13.8kWh battery enabling up to 53 km of zero-emission range.
As previously reported, the popular Korean compact SUV lost its base Essential trim level and FWD models for 2024. All Tucsons now come standard with AWD starting with the Tucson Preferred at $34,199 (plus freight and PDI). The 2025 update will likely increase the price once again, unless Hyundai finds a way to stay put as the market slowly adjusts to waning demand.