Hyundai has added a new N-Line trim level to its mid-sized crossover, the Tucson.
The Hyundai Tucson N-Line follows the form established by N-Line versions of the i30 hatch. There are no powertrain upgrades but some suspension tweaks and a sports-styled body kit.
The idea is to provide some of the spirit of Hyundai’s flagship N performance models for drivers who don’t want to commit to a full hot hatchback. And the variant launches ahead of a full Tucson N performance model likely to be revealed in 2020.
Chassis modifications to the Tucson include a more rigid suspension and adjusted steering for greater feel behind the wheel.
A sporty body kit brings redesigned bumpers and a dark mesh to the grille, as well as 19-inch alloy wheels finished in black. Black trim also features on the rear spoiler and side mirror housings.
The new front end features low-set, angular LED daytime running lights below the Tucson’s sharp-edged headlight units.
The interior makeover, includes N-branded sports seats finished in leather and suede, plus red stitching across the steering wheel, seats and gear shift.
Hyundai will offer the Tucson N-Line with a choice of two powertrains – one diesel and one petrol. New to the range is a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel with 136hp, which now features 48V mild hybrid technology to improve fuel economy.
Sitting above this is a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol with 178hp. Other markets get a 2.0-litre diesel with 185hp, but that powertrain won’t be available on UK N-Line models, instead remaining exclusive to Premium and Premium SE trims.
The Hyundai Tucson N-Line is expected to go on sale later this year at prices yet to be announced.