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New Tucson SUV gains plug-in hybrid

Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid

THE plug-in hybrid version of the new Hyundai Tucson will pair a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 90bhp electric motor.

The system gives a combined maximum power of 261bhp and torque of 258lb ft, and the car uses a six-speed automatic gearbox and gets four-wheel-drive as standard.

Added efficiency features include an 'active air flap' which adjusts the air intake according to the temperature of the engine, along the way helping to minimise air resistance.

At low speeds the Tucson plug-in relies on electric power alone, with the petrol engine kicking in as required.

Hyundai says the car is capable of covering just over 30 miles on power drawn from its 13.8kWh battery pack.

It is due to go on sale in the spring.

Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid

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