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The facelift version of the Hyundai Tucson SUV has made its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Built in Europe, the Tucson is Hyundai’s global best-seller. The Korean brand will expect it to challenge models such as the Nissan Qashqai and the Toyota RAV4 – an all-new version of which is also debuting in New York.

Changes to the Tucson involve a subtle restyle, updated powertrains – downsized with improved CO2 emissions – and more technology.

Three diesel and two petrol engine options will be available, but it’s not yet clear if all will be on offer to UK buyers. Most powerful will be the 2-litre diesel of 186hp, which will be combined with either a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed auto transmission and all-wheel drive.

Two 1.6-litre diesels will be offered with either 115 or 133hp, both front-wheel drive with six-speed manual and the higher output model also available with a seven-speed dual clutch auto and all-wheel drive. Petrol options are both 1.6 litres and encompass a front-wheel-drive model with 132hp, and an 177hp variant with either FWD or AWD.

Styling upgrades include changes to the bumpers, skid plate and grille, plus a new light signature with LED headlamps and new wheel design.

Among technology highlights are a seven-inch information screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth smartphone compatibility, phone charging, a premium sound system and 3D navigation.

A strong safety package will also be offered including autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, a driver attention warning and speed limit indicator. Hyundai’s Surround View Monitor, using  cameras to provide 360-degree vision during reversing, will be on offer, as will be an adaptive cruise control using front radar sensors.

The new Tucson is expected on UK sale in summer 2018 at prices yet to be announced – the current model starts from £19,855.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.