2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV To Offer 32 Miles Of Electric Range

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2021

Hyundai released some specifications on the upcoming 2022 Tucson plug-in hybrid, becoming the latest addition to the all-new compact SUV's lineup alongside the regular model, hybrid variant, and the sporty N-Line trim. With the new plug-in hybrid version, the 2022 Tucson will be available in four distinct variants, giving consumers an impressive number of choices. When it comes to the Tucson PHEV, the SUV certainly looks like it has what it takes to be competitive in the expanding electrified scene.

Power for the Tucson PHEV comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired to an electric motor and a 13.8-kWh battery pack. Together, the powertrain makes 261 horsepower, while the compact SUV can travel 32 miles on electricity. The Tucson PHEV is expected to be able to get up to 70 MPGe combined. All-wheel drive is standard, while shifts are handled through a six-speed automatic. When it comes to charging, the Tucson PHEV has a 7.2-kW on-board charger that can handle Level 2 charging that will take less than two hours to fully recharge the SUV’s battery.

With those figures, the Tucson PHEV falls behind the Ford Escape PHEV and Toyota RAV4 Prime. The Escape PHEV, which comes with front-wheel drive, has an all-electric range of 37 miles and a combined fuel economy rating of 102 MPGe. The RAV4 Prime also comes with all-wheel drive as standard, can travel 42 miles on electricity, and has a combined fuel economy rating of 94 MPGe. While the Tucson PHEV can’t match the other two plug-in hybrid SUVs on the market, it still carries some impressive figures that should be enough for the majority of consumers.

Hyundai Tucson PHEV

Beyond the plug-in hybrid powertrain, Hyundai has given the Tucson PHEV a few other nifty features. The automaker claims the all-wheel-drive system has been tuned at off-road proving grounds to ensure consumers that do want to go off-roading can do so without worrying about the SUV getting stuck. Additionally, the SUV has e-handling driving dynamics that improve cornering. When entering into a corner, the Tucson PHEV’s electric motor will dab one of the front wheels for improved turn-in. A similar thing happens at the rear end of the vehicle when exiting a corner for improved traction.

For consumers that have a commute of more than 32 miles a day, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV is a great choice. Unfortunately, Hyundai only plans to sell the vehicle in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you don’t live in one of those states and don’t live in an urban area where you’ll be able to take advantage of the electric range, the Tucson Hybrid may be a better choice. Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing for the Tucson PHEV, but the Tucson Hybrid has an estimated MSRP of $29,050 and is sure to be more affordable than the plug-in hybrid model.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV will join the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid as the second plug-in hybrid model from the automaker. The Tucson PHEV will be assembled in Ulsan, South Korea and is expected to arrive at dealerships later this summer.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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