The 2018 Tucson boasts a striking design, advanced technology and safety features for broad appeal. Led by the best November SUV sales month and the highest monthly sales total for Tucson in company history, the 2018 Tucson adds a 7-inch audio display system with expanded availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD Radio and heated seats. More than 90 percent of 2018 model year Tucsons will have these technologies included and are arriving in dealerships now.
The SE trim remains the base model, while the SE Popular Equipment package becomes the SEL trim model and includes the addition of the 7-inch audio display system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. The SE Plus is renamed the SEL Plus building off of the new SEL nomenclature. The Value and Limited trims remain for the 2018 model year and include feature enhancements by model. The Eco and Night trims have been discontinued.
The Tucson exterior and interior designs intertwine sleekness with sophistication," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "More functionality and practicality are featured within the 2018 Tucson delivering a modern-day CUV."
Individual model features include a heated steering wheel in the Limited models and SiriusXM Satellite Radio® starting with the SEL Trim model. Infinity® premium audio with Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology is featured on the SEL Plus as well as the Limited trim. Through innovative dual-stage cargo floor and reclining rear seats, flexible cargo solutions added additional cargo space, more than some mid-luxury SUVs.
Advanced safety features include blind spot detection with rear-cross traffic alert and lane change assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning signals.
The vehicle offers two fuel efficient engine options including the 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo engine is coupled to a first-in-segment seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT) found on the Value, Limited or Limited with ultimate models. The 2.0-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission standard on the SE, SEL and SEL Plus trims. The six-speed offers SHIFTRONIC ™ manual shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for higher fuel economy at highway speeds. The 2018 Tucson FWD has an EPA-estimated 26 combined mpg for the 2.0-liter and 27 combined mpg for the 1.6-liter turbo.