Hyundai Brings PHEV Diesel Tucson And Hybrid Tucson To Geneva

Hyundai presented two hybrid concepts at the Geneva Auto Show, both based on the brand’s compact SUV platform.

Similar to Audi’s Q7 SUV, Hyundai will use a diesel engine to create its plug-in electric (PHEV) Tucson. The SUV will feature a 1.7-liter diesel paired with one electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A 10.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery gives the PHEV an all-electric range of 31 miles.

With 113.3 horsepower from the diesel engine and 67 from the electric motor, the plug-in has a combined output of 180 horsepower. Hyundai estimates the SUV’s CO2 emissions at less than 48 g/km.

Because the diesel engine powers the front wheels while the electric motor drives the rear, the Tucson PHEV will also offer the option of running in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

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Hyundai also showed off its 48-volt Hybrid in Geneva, calling the setup as fuel efficient as a full hybrid for a fraction of the price.

This isn’t the same i40 48-volt hybrid that was on display in Paris last fall. The previous concept featured a smaller diesel engine and a 48-volt lead-carbon battery.

For the 48-volt hybrid shown in Geneva, Hyundai used a 2.0-liter diesel engine and a 10-kilowatt electric motor. Combined, the system generates 148 horsepower.

“Its 48-volt lithium-ion battery and 14 ps (13.8 horsepower) electric motor boost power by 10-percent and reduce emissions significantly while the 48V hybrid system costs just a quarter of a full hybrid solution to build,” said Hyundai.

These two hybrid concepts accompanied Hyundai’s launch of its next-generation Tucson. The all-new SUV now has sharper lines on the outside and “soft-touch” materials on the inside.

Consumers wanting a Tucson with an internal combustion engine can pick from four diesel engines (include a new, turbocharged 1.7-liter diesel) or a 1.6-liter gasoline engine.

A fuel cell Tucson is also currently available, though sales are still relatively low. Last December, Hyundai posted 12 sales for the hydrogen-powered SUV.

Hyundai hasn’t announced when (or if) these concepts will move to production. For customers that don’t want to wait, two other options will be available soon: Hyundai plans to release its new Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-In Hybrid as 2016 models.