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Best-Selling 2025 Hyundai Tucson Refreshed

Hyundai has just launched an updated version of its best-selling vehicle at the New York International Auto Show. The 2025 Hyundai Tucson crossover gets a mild styling refresh outside but big cabin updates, including a new curved display and extra storage space. It continues to offer gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions.

A new front fascia with thicker vertical grille elements is meant to make the Tucson look more rugged, Hyundai says, as well as more planted. The lighting signature has been simplified, with eight larger lights replacing the 10 units of last year. Hyundai is also giving the Tucson new wheel designs and a new finish for the badges.

On the inside, the 2025 Tucson gets an available curved display with a pair of 12.3-inch screens for the dash and centre display. The centre control stack has also been revised with more knobs and buttons for features like volume and tuning, with new HVAC controls. Hyundai has moved the gear selector from the console to the column, which should free up space. As a result, the console has been redesigned. The door panels have been tweaked, and there is also a new tray above the glove box for even more space.

A heated steering wheel is now standard, and the optional heated rear seats have extra temperature settings. Ultimate trim models also get laminated acoustic front side windows to help cut noise.

Small but useful changes abound. Hyundai has added over-the-air update capability to the 2025 Tucson. The infotainment system, maps, and even powertrain can all be updated remotely. The seat memory system function has been expanded to cover the exterior mirrors, and there are USB-C charge ports that support up to 27 watts of power. A fingerprint sensor can be used to help add security, and the rear wiper is 75 mm longer for better coverage.

Forward Attention Warning is a new safety feature that uses a camera to watch the driver's eye movement. If the Adaptive Cruise Control 2 system detects an unresponsive driver through those sensors, it can stop the vehicle.

The standard engine is a 187-hp 2.5L four-cylinder with 231 hp from a 1.6L hybrid system also available. The PHEV makes 268 hp and offers 13.8 kWh of capacity. Hyundai didn't announce a range figure, but it should be the same as last year's 53 km figure.

Hyundai has also introduced its XRT trim to the Tucson for the first time. The Tucson XRT has a more aggressive front fascia and unique wheels. It also wears taller and more functional roof rails to boost cargo-carrying capability and has debossed front seatbacks to look a little cooler, though it doesn't have the all-terrain tires of its Santa Cruz sibling.

Expect the refreshed 2025 Hyundai Tucson to go on sale in June, with hybrid and PHEV models in late summer. Pricing and full details will be announced closer to launch.