Hyundai Tucson N attack: 215kW and 254kW SUVs on route?
Hyundai’s new Tucson is reportedly ready to reveal next month, and N models are under testing.
Reports out of South Korea this month have begun talking up proposed power outputs of the upcoming Tucson N-Line and a high-performance Tucson N, which will follow a full 2021 Tucson reveal next month.
We suspect the Tucson N might be a way off, given the Hyundai Kona is much more likely to be the first N Division SUV, but the reported specs on both new N fettled Tucsons would ruffle up the mid-size SUV segment.
For the N-Line, the most recent sources have told The Korean Car Blog that the model will be powered by the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbo as in the Sonata N-Line, giving it an output of around 215kW and 420Nm through an eight-speed automatic.
And according to AutoPost, The Tucson N by contrast will use the same powerplant to deliver over 250kW and around 500Nm to all four wheels – a lot of poke against rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 Turbo (170kW/420Nm).
However, what we know we will see before that is the regular 2021 Tucson, which is due to be revealed soon (tipped for August). Spy photos show a heavily re-worked front-end and interior, with tech such as twin display screens in an offset layout and new dash design.
Engine options have been reported to be a new 1.6-litre turbo producing 130kW and 265Nm, a 2.0-litre diesel, and a new 1.6-litre hybrid.