The Hyundai Tucson is entering the 2018 model year with a host of improvements which seek to increase its appeal.
Currently arriving at dealerships, the 2018 Tucson gains a new SEL variant which is based on last year's SE Popular Equipment package. Hyundai didn't release detailed specifications but confirmed the model comes with HD Radio, SiriusXM Radio, and a 7-inch Display Audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The model also offers heated front seats which should please drivers in colder climates.
The Tucson SE Plus has been renamed the SEL Plus and it features an Infinity premium audio system as well as 3-years of complimentary Blue Link Connected Care, Remote Services & Guidance. The Tucson Limited builds on these features and adds a new heated steering wheel.
Additional changes are limited but the YES Essentials fabric seats are now available in Gray and Beige interiors. The Eco and Night variants have also been eliminated, while Value models can now be equipped with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink. Lastly, the Guidance Package now includes free map and multimedia system updates.
Engine options carryover and include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces an estimated 164 hp (122 kW) and 151 lb-ft (204 Nm) of torque. The crossover is also offered with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which develops 175 hp (130 kW) and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque.