Hyundai's concept of a plug-in-hybrid vehicle (PHEV), which is also based on the Tucson platform was showcased during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The Tucson plug-in-hybrid utilises a 1.7-litre diesel engine that produces 115 PS, an electric motor that produces 68 PS and a 10.7 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery to power the vehicle.
Combined, the vehicle produces 183 PS and 474 Nm of torque. The lithium-ion polymer battery helps the car run for 50 km on pure electric mode. The engine is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The engineers from Hyundai claim that the Hyundai Tucson plug-in-hybrid emits less than 48 g/km of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The electric motor is placed at the rear of the car and powers the rear axle, while the diesel engine drives the front axle.
This configuration enables the car to switch between rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive depending on the driving situation.
The Hyundai Tucson PHEV concept also comes with four drive modes to select from:
- Auto: This mode operates all systems for highest fuel efficiency
- Zero Emission Vehicle: This mode uses only the electric motor
- 4WD: This mode operates both engines to enable all-wheel drive functionality
- Sport: In this mode performance characteristics of both engines are prioritised