Hyundai Tucson 2023: Bluelink in, prices up

Hyundai Australia has added the brand’s ‘Bluelink’ package to its Tucson mid-size SUV line-up, the new tech delivering a broad suite of connected car services, at the same time adding $500 to the price of the mid-range Elite grade and top-spec Highlander models. 

The entry-level Tucson doesn’t pick up Bluelink and its price is unchanged. 

Debuting locally with the Palisade in early 2022, and offered on the Venue Elite from January this year, Bluelink incorporates more than a dozen key features from voice recognition and weather reports to a ‘Vehicle Health’ diagnostic function and Cloud back-ups.

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2023 Hyundai Tucson bluelink pricing

2023 Hyundai Tucson bluelink pricing Prices exclude on-road costs.

Tucson 2.0L FWD$34,900
Tucson N Line 2.0L FWD$38,900
Elite 2.0L FWD$39,900up $500
Elite N Line 2.0L FWD$42,400up $500
Elite 1.6T AWD$43,900up $500
Elite 2.0D AWD$45,900up $500
Elite N Line 1.6T AWD$46,400up $500
Highlander 2.0L FWD$46,900up $500
Elite N Line 2.0D AWD$48,400up $500
Highlander N Line 2.0L FWD$48,400up $500
Highlander 1.6T AWD$50,900up $500
Highlander N Line 1.6T AWD$52,400up $500
Highlander 2.0D AWD$52,900up $500
Highlander N Line 2.0D AWD$54,400up $500

Engine, drivetrain, and fuel economy

Under the bonnet, the 2023 Hyundai Tucson is available with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol, or a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.

The base engine is a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic.

Power is rated at 115kW and 192Nm, with the drive being sent exclusively to the front wheels.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Elite 1.6 T 1
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The same four-pot and FWD configuration is standard for the Elite and Highlander, but a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that sends its power (132kW/265Nm) to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available.

A 137kW/416Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine is optional for the Elite and Highlander. It is matched to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic that will also power all four wheels.

The petrol Hyundai Tucson has a 1650-kilogram braked towing capacity, while the diesel version ups its rating to 1900 kilograms.

2023 Hyundai Tucson combined fuel economy
2.0-litre petrol FWD8.1L/100km184g/km
1.6-litre turbo-petrol AWD 7.2L/100km164g/km
2.0-litre diesel AWD6.3L/100km163g/km


The Hyundai Tucson is covered by a five-star ANCAP safety rating, based on testing conducted in 2021. This score applies to all variants.

It received a score of 86 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 66 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 70 per cent for safety assist.

Seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain, and front-centre) are fitted across the range.

2023 Hyundai Tucson active safety features
Autonomous emergency braking (vehicle, pedestrian, cyclist, junction-turning)Adaptive cruise control
Lane-keep assistTrailer stability assist
Lane following assistRear occupant alert
Blind-spot alertSafe exit warning.
Rear cross-traffic alert

Bluelink: The Future of Car Technology

When it comes to driving, technology has come a long way in recent years. With Bluelink, the future of car technology is here. Bluelink is a system that uses the latest in technology to make driving safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable. This article will explore what Bluelink is, how it works, and the benefits it offers to drivers.

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What is Bluelink?

Bluelink is a telematics system that is designed to provide drivers with a wide range of features and benefits. It is an advanced system that is built into the car and can be accessed through a mobile app or a built-in touchscreen. Bluelink allows drivers to connect with their car in ways that were not possible before, providing a seamless driving experience.

How Does Bluelink Work?

Bluelink uses a combination of hardware and software to provide drivers with a wide range of features. The hardware includes a built-in modem, GPS, and sensors that allow the car to communicate with the outside world. The software includes a mobile app, a website, and a built-in touchscreen that allows drivers to access the features of Bluelink.

One of the key features of Bluelink is its ability to provide drivers with real-time information about their car. This includes information about the car’s location, fuel level, tire pressure, and more. Drivers can access this information through the mobile app or the built-in touchscreen.

Another important feature of Bluelink is its ability to provide drivers with remote access to their car. This includes the ability to lock and unlock the car, start the engine, and even adjust the temperature inside the car. This can be done through the mobile app, even when the driver is not in the car.

2023 Hyundai Tucson features


17-inch alloy wheelsLeather-appointed steering wheel and gear shifter
8-inch infotainment systemHeight-adjustable driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar support
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android AutoHeated and power-folding side mirrors
Six-speaker audio systemRoof rails
4.2-inch instrument cluster displayRear parking sensors
Wireless phone chargerReverse camera
USB-A charge ports (1x front, 2x rear)Tyre pressure monitoring
Halogen headlights and tail-lightsManual air-conditioning
LED daytime running lampsTrailer pre-wiring.
Cloth upholstery


In addition to Tucson
Bluelink connected-car technology (new)Rear occupant alert – sensor type
18-inch alloy wheelsDoor handle courtesy lights
10.25-inch infotainment systemRain sensing wipers
Wired Apple CarPlay and Android AutoRear privacy glass
Satellite navigationKeyless entry and push-button start
Leather-appointed upholsteryRemote engine start
10-way power-adjustable driver’s seatLuggage net
Heated front seatsMulti-terrain drive mode (turbo-petrol, diesel)
Dual-zone climate controlPaddle shifters (turbo-petrol, diesel)
Front parking sensorsShift-by-wire gear selector (turbo-petrol, diesel).


In addition to Elite
19-inch alloy wheelsReverse autonomous emergency braking
10.25-inch digital instrument cluster360-degree camera system
Eight-speaker Bose audio systemLED cabin lamps
Dark chrome exterior trimLED interior ambient lighting
Silver skid platesAuto-dimming rear-view mirror
LED headlights and tail-lightsDriver’s seat memory function
‘Hidden-type’ LED daytime running lampsEight-way power-adjustable passenger seat with walk-in switch
Panoramic sunroofVentilated front seats
Electric tailgateHeated rear seats
Blind-spot view monitorHeated steering wheel
High-beam assistRemote smart parking assist (diesel).

Benefits of Bluelink

Bluelink offers a wide range of benefits to drivers. One of the most important is its ability to make driving safer. By providing drivers with real-time information about their car, Bluelink allows drivers to make informed decisions about their driving. For example, if the car’s tire pressure is low, Bluelink will alert the driver, allowing them to take action before a blowout occurs.

Bluelink also offers a number of convenience features. For example, drivers can use the mobile app to locate their car in a crowded parking lot or to set the temperature inside the car before they even get inside. This can save drivers time and make the driving experience more enjoyable.

N Line Option Pack, options

The optional N Line package, available across the Tucson line-up, adds:

 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster * Gloss black door frame and window moulding  Leather and suede-appointed upholstery
19-inch N Line alloy wheels  Twin-tip chrome exhaust outlet  N Line steering wheel
N Line exterior styling  N Line badging  N Line gear shifter (2.0L petrol only)
 Dark chrome grille *  LED headlights and tail-lights *  Black headlining
 Body-coloured cladding‘Hidden-type’ LED daytime running lamps *  Alloy pedals.
Silver skid plates *High-beam assist *

* = standard on base Highlander.


  • Brown or grey leather (Highlander; $295)

Future of Bluelink

The future of Bluelink is bright. As technology continues to advance, Bluelink will continue to evolve and offer new features and benefits to drivers. For example, Bluelink could be integrated with other smart devices, such as smart homes and smart watches, to provide an even more seamless driving experience.

In addition, Bluelink could be used to improve the overall driving experience. For example, it could be used to provide drivers with information about traffic conditions, road hazards, and weather conditions. This could help drivers make better decisions about their driving and avoid accidents.


Bluelink is the future of car technology. It offers drivers a wide range of features and benefits that make driving safer, more convenient, and more enjoyable. With its advanced hardware and software, Bluelink is a system that is built for the future. As technology continues to evolve, Bluelink will continue to evolve with it, offering drivers even more features and benefits. So, if you’re in the market for a new car, be sure to look for one with Bluelink.

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