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Hyundai Tucson Gets Sporty N Line Treatment

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The Tucson N Line gets sportier styling as well as updated suspension and steering.

Last year, Hyundai launched its new N Line range to slot below its full-fat N Performance models. Think of it as Hyundai's equivalent to BMW's M Line and full-fat M performance models. Currently, the only N Line model sold in the US is the Elantra GT N Line, while the i30 N Line hatchback is sold in Europe. Joining the European range is the Tucson N Line, the first SUV to receive the N Line treatment.

Sporty styling tweaks distinguish the Tucson N Line from the standard model. The front gets redesigned bumpers, revised LED daytime running lights, a dark chrome front grille, and black bezels around the headlights. Hyundai has also implemented black window surrounds and body colored door handles and the sporty SUV rides on dark 19-inch alloy wheels. Other exterior add-ons include a black rear spoiler, black roof, and black wing mirror caps.

The Tucson N Line doesn't only feature cosmetic changes either, as Hyundai has tweaked the suspension with five percent greater rigidity in the rear setup and eight more in the front, and adjusted the steering software to give a "slightly more direct, linear feel at the wheel."

Inside, the sporty Tucson gets N-branded leather-suede sport seats and red accent stitching on the steering wheel and seats. Other interior enhancements include alloy pedals and a leather-wrapped, red-accented N gear shift lever.

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Being an N-Line model means there are no performance enhancements, but reports have suggested a range-topping Tucson N is coming. Three powertrain options will be available in Europe, including a 2.0-liter CRDi 48V mild hybrid engine with 182 hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDI gasoline engine with 174 hp, and a 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine that combines the 48V mild hybrid technology of the 2.0-liter model. These powertrains can be optioned with a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system and mated with either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The Hyundai Tucson N Line will be available in Europe and be offered in nine different colors. Sadly, a Hyundai spokesperson confirmed there are currently no plans for a US launch.