With an even faster N model to follow.
After making its bold debut, the 2022 Hyundai Tucson looks to conquer the compact crossover segment. With heavy-hitters like the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Toyota RAV4 in this segment, the Tucson faces an uphill battle, but it has the bold styling to stand out from the crown. The standard Tucson already looks great, but it may look even better once Hyundai releases a performance variant.
Reports are split as to whether Hyundai will release a single performance trim of the new Tucson, or possibly two. A sportier N Line model seems highly likely but Hyundai might build a faster Tucson N model as well. Since the Tucson N Line seems like the more plausible of the two, rendering artist Kleber Silva imagined decided to pen it.
Silva kept the two-tone design of the standard Tucson but went with a more aggressive shade of red instead of the grays shown by Hyundai. If the Tucson's styling wasn't eye-catching before, it sure is now. Along with the red paint, the rendering adds a set of sportier N Line wheels, more aggressive front and rear diffusers, darker body cladding, and smoked taillights. On the fenders, a small 'N Line' badge alerts people that this is a sportier Tucson.
As for the engine, we aren't sure if the Tucson N-Line will receive a power bump. Both the Sonata N Line and Elantra N Line have more power than their standard counterparts, so there's no reason why the Tucson couldn't receive a gutsier engine. The 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 290 horsepower from the Sonata N Lines seems like the perfect option.
Even if it doesn't receive a power boost, the Tucson N Line will at least get upgrades to its suspension and brakes. Hyundai could reserve the larger engine for a sportier Tucson N model, which could produce as much as 340 hp from a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine could also find use in a variety of next-generation N models, and give the Tucson a performance edge over all of its competitors.
The bold design of the new Tucson lends itself to something aggressive, and for now, this design is enough to get us excited.