Hyundai has introduced pricing and spec particulars for the brand new Tucson N Line, a performance-inspired trim line that previews a doable sizzling N model of the SUV.
Happening sale on the finish of this month, the Seat Ateca FR rival will probably be priced from £25,995. That worth will get you a 174bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a guide gearbox and two-wheel drive.
Commonplace equipment on prime of the N Line styling upgrades, detailed beneath, contains heated seats with electrical lumbar assist, keyless entry, local weather management and entrance and rear parking sensors. Additionally out there is a 135bhp 1.6-litre diesel with mild-hybrid tech. Each engines will also be had with a dual-clutch automated transmission.
The Tucson N Line follows on from the i30 N Line launched in 2018. Tweaks to the usual Tucson, Hyundai’s best-selling mannequin in Europe, embody a stiffened chassis, revised bumpers, new black-painted 19in alloy wheels and a sportier inside.
“That is an understated sporty automotive with some refined enhancements inside and outside, so it brings the N Line character to a Hyundai SUV for the primary time,” stated Thomas Bürkle, Hyundai Europe’s design chief.
Bürkle’s crew has created a extra muscular-looking Tucson with time-honoured adjustments similar to a brand new entrance bumper, new grille, revised headlights and twin exhausts. New within the entrance bumper are distinctive ‘boomerang’ daytime working lights, whereas the headlights characteristic normal LED illumination and black bezels to stress the lamp form.
The dominant design theme is to take away all of the brightwork from the outside, changing it with black trim or black finishes so as to add some sporty menace to the Tucson.
The window frames are completed in black – as is typical on Audi, BMW and Mercedes sports activities fashions – and the grille will get a darkish chrome therapy, whereas the rear spoiler has a shiny black end.
Inside, the darkish theme continues with bucket-style seats trimmed in breathable microfibre fabric, whereas crimson stitching for the steering wheel, dashboard and kit selector present visible highlights.
However the Tucson N Line is not nearly styling. The entrance suspension is eight% stiffer and the rear is 5% stiffer, whereas software program adjustments within the electrical energy steering are claimed to “give a barely extra direct, linear really feel on the wheel”. Suspension growth was carried out by engineers at Hyundai’s technical centre at Rüsselsheim, Germany.
The European N Line vary is constructed round three engines: along with the 135bhp 1.6-litre diesel outfitted with 48V mild-hybrid know-how and the 174bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol unit is a 183bhp 2.Zero-litre diesel 48V delicate hybrid that will not be out there within the UK. Hyundai says the brand new 1.6-litre mild-hybrid diesel has a WLTP-rated mixed gas financial system of 47.1-51.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 110-118g/km.
Each the UK 1.6-litre fashions will be front-wheel drive; these at present make up 95% of Tucson gross sales. With UK demand for the two.Zero-litre diesel, solely out there with four-wheel drive, making up solely 5% of gross sales, Hyundai UK says it could’t justify launching N Line trim with that energy unit.
Retaining the two.Zero-litre diesel out of the N Line vary additionally creates room for Hyundai to fit in a full Tucson N, though Hyundai refused to touch upon the likelihood.
One engineering problem will probably be to seek out an engine that isn’t as peaky because the i30 N’s 271bhp 2.Zero-litre turbo 4; which may be thrilling within the low-riding hatchback, however an SUV will want a wider unfold of torque.
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