New Hyundai Tucson L Has A Misleading Name

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But comes with some unique details.

It's only been a few days since we saw the local launch of the Hyundai Tucson, but the party isn't over for the model. A sportier N Line model is on the way and there's a good possibility that we'll see a Tucson N with proper performance attributes too. If that's not enough, there's now a model called the Tucson L, and it's exclusive to China.

As you can guess, the L in the name suggests a longer wheelbase. However, it's no longer than our new Tucson, only longer than the short-wheelbase model offered in Europe. So why are we talking about it? Well, it's still not exactly the same as our Tucson.

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Revealed at the 2020 Guangzhou Motor Show, the Tucson L features a pair of false exhaust tips and numerous dark chrome finishes on the exterior accents. There's also a silver skid plate, plus gloss black B- and C-pillars, with chrome mirror caps available. More dark and sporty elements can be seen in the headlights and taillights, both of which are smoked. This is complemented by a prominent rear diffuser in silver and a black Hyundai badge up front. And if you're wondering why Hyundai called this the Tucson L, it's to highlight the SUV's length, as size and legroom are very important to the Chinese market.

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Speaking of the interior, this new model has a massive portrait touchscreen infotainment display much like that in something like a Volvo XC90. As in the Swedish vehicle, it uses no buttons to operate and only the hazard button remains on the dash. Even the climate control is operated via this screen, and it looks very modern.

Two Smartstream turbocharged engines are offered, with a 1.5-liter turbo being paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. This powerplant produces 170 horsepower, but if you want more, there's a 2.0-liter turbo with an eight-speed auto that generates 240 horses. Overall, it looks like a good package. Don't be surprised if we see similar styling upgrades on the N-Line when it arrives.

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