Hyundai planning to give its SUV more performance.
Hyundai has been pushing its N performance brand really hard in past months, with pics leaking of an N-Line Elantra, and the i30 N doing hot laps around the Nurburgring. Hyundai is even offering performance driving courses for owners of N-Line vehicles, so we're basically looking at a full-frontal attack. So it comes as no surprise when we heard that the Tucson SUV range would also be getting the N-treatment.
Last year, Hyundai Motor Group's president of research & development, Albert Biermann hinted that the company would be looking into creating a hot version of its best selling SUV, but also noted that they would skip the current generation car, seeing as the new one is nearly upon us.
According to the Korean Car Blog, leaked info reveals that a Tucson N is in the works and will make use of a pokey 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. In 2019, Biermann said: "If I look at the Tucson, the substance of it is so strong technically speaking, to make a Tucson N… I would love to do it."
What is clear when you look at the current lineup of N cars is that Hyundai isn't interested in delivering second rate cars and wants to compete with the best of them.
The Tucson N-Line is expected to make in the region of 340 horsepower and will nail the zero to sixty sprint in under six seconds, which puts it right beside its competition.
The Tucson is Hyundai's best selling SUV in the US, and the addition of the N-Line car should boost sales even more, especially in the highly competitive performance SUV market. The Tucson N should be arriving within the next two years, and judging by the fact that it has already been doing hot laps at the Nurburgring, we can't wait to see what it will do out in the rear world.
The Tucson N-Line will be competing with the likes of premium cars such as the Audi SQ5 that's rated at 349 hp and boasts a zero to sixty sprint time of only 5.1 seconds.