Hyundai Tucson N Line revealed…coming to Australia?
The Hyundai Tucson N Line has been revealed in Europe, joining the i30 as the latest vehicle from Hyundai to get the “dynamic trim” treatment – no word on whether it’ll come to Australia.
Hyundai Europe has revealed the Tucson N Line, the brands first SUV to be given the N Line look and feel. It follows the i30 N Line which was launched last year – you can read our review of the i30 N Line here and watch our video Quick Spin below.
There are three engines available for the Tucson N Line and it can be had in both 2WD and on-demand AWD. The 2.0-litre diesel with 48V mild-hybrid technology (136kW) has been joined by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine also with 48V mild hybrid tech which produces 100kW. There is also a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol making 130kW.
The mild-hybrid powertrain is all about helping to reduce fuel consumption and emissions to meet ever tightening European laws. According to Hyundai, “The technology comprises a 0.44 kW/h 48-Volt lithium-ion polymer battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG), an LDC converter (Low Voltage DC/DC) and an inverter. With this 48V technology, Hyundai reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on the New Tucson by up to 11 per cent”.
Beyond the engines, there are some tweaks to the look of the Tucson N Line but the treatment has gone more than skin deep with suspension tweaks too. The springs are now 5% stiffer in the rear and 8% stiffer at the front, and the steering has copped some software changes for improved performance.
The Tucson N Line gets bespoke front and rear bumpers, 19-inch alloys and more. On the inside, there are N-branded leather-suede sports seats and red contrast stitching on the steering wheel and seats.
The Tucson N Line goes on-sale in Europe soon but there’s no word yet on whether we can expect to see it in Australia.