The Hyundai Tucson in its current, third-generation iteration has been around since 2015, and here our spy photographers have spotted the Korean SUV’s mid-lifecycle update out and about running trials in public.

Visible beneath the camouflage is the Korean automaker’s latest corporate ‘face’, starring the new honeycomb grille as seen on the firm’s latest cars such as the Kona B-segment SUV and the upcoming Veloster three-door coupe. The Tucson’s headlamps appear to be updated units with LEDs as before, while the headlamp housings may or may not retain the same shape and detail as the current model’s.

Also camouflaged and set to be revised are the front bumper and its intakes, possibly with a redesigned bonnet as well. Around the back, the upcoming Tucson facelift is also set to receive a redesigned rear end with a different bumper, while the rear reflectors (seen here without covers, and recesses exposed) also appear to have been relocated, now higher and just above the main crease line.

Though the spy images currently are only of the Tucson’s exterior, we can also expect updates to be furnished on the interior as well as for the infotainment system. As for powertrain, details have yet to be confirmed though engines such as the 1.6 litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine have served since the launch of the third-generation model and will likely continue service in this facelift.

Diesel engines are all but certain, though the exact line-up of engines are yet to be confirmed. Transmission options should remain as before, with a choice of manual and dual-clutch gearboxes for the petrols, with manual and torque converter automatic choices for the diesels. The upcoming, facelifted Hyundai Tucson has been tipped to make its official debut either later this year, or early 2019.

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