Hyundai Reveals Tucson Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Geneva

Hyundai Motors has unveiled its Tucson plug-in-hybrid concept car at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

The current Tucson is sold in Europe as the ix35 – or, at least, it will this model revamp which is what was revealed at Geneva this week.

The new Tucson, building on Hyundai’s one million sales of SUVs in Europe, allows the buyer to choose from a wide range of traditional engines from 1.6l petrol to 2l high power diesels. The reveal of this concept at the show suggests that Hyundai could be considering introducing a plug-in-hybrid addition to its line up.

The new Tuscon - Anyone got any adjectives I can borrow to describe it?

The new Tucson – Anyone got any adjectives I can borrow to describe it?

The announcement of a plug-in hybrid concept from Hyundai is a little bit of a surprise for a company that seems to be backing hydrogen as the fuel/energy storage medium of the future. Last year Hyundai shipped the first Tucson FCVs in both the United States and United Kingdom. Then earlier on this year it slashed the price of the hydrogen Tucson by a massive 43% in South Korea.

However a plug-in hybrid isn’t totally out of the blue from Hyundai as at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year they did launch the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid.

The concept takes the 1.7l standard power diesel engine from the traditional line up – capable of a power output of 115 PS – and marries it with a 68 PS (50kW) motor.

The combination of the motor and engine gives the concept car 474Nm of torque. To put this into the context of a similar car, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets 190NM. However it should be noted that the Outlander is a petrol PHEV rather than a diesel one.

Speaking about the new Tucson range, Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, said: “The All-New Tucson is a bold new car that represents another leap forward for Hyundai. With a fantastic design and advanced technologies, it makes a strong statement about where the Hyundai brand is heading and provides a highly competitive vehicle in the important C-SUV segment.”

Seriously, all I have is 'inoffensive'.

Seriously, all I have is ‘inoffensive’.

The concept car comes equipped with a 10.7kWh lithium-ion polymer battery with Hyundai estimating the car can drive on electric power alone for “more than 50km (31 miles)”.

Hyundai also estimates CO2 emissions of less than 48g/km.

The car would follow a similar set up to the Outlander PHEV with the engine powering the front wheels and the electric motor driving the back ones. The car can, it is reported, be driven as a 4-wheel drive.

Alongside the concept car, Hyundai was promoting the car connectivity technology it has been working on. From 3D-gesture controls to wearable technology, this concept car has all the latest tech.

A watch, worn by the driver, allows the car to monitor changes in heart rate and recommend breaks from driving when needed. Or even call for roadside assistance if the vehicle breaks down – though we are not sure why a manufacturer would have this as a selling point.

"At least calling out the RAC is easy."

“At least calling out the RAC is easy.”

For the data geeks out there, Hyundai’s ‘life-log’ feature will be heaven. Collecting statistics on daily driving activities and collecting data from all connected devices, such as the aforementioned watch, it delivers this data to pretty much any internet connected device one could want.

Would you be interested in a Hyundai Tucson PHEV? How do you feel about marrying diesel engines with electric motors? Let us know in the comments below.

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