-Tucson is the third model getting an N Line treatment.
-Available in one petrol and two mild-hybrid diesel powertrain.
-Cosmetic tweaks that bring on aggressive styling besides suspension upgrades.
After the i30 and i30 N Line, Hyundai has, now, revealed the N Line version for Tucson SUV. This is the first time that a high riding vehicle got a racy treatment, which adds performance upgrades and aggressive styling.
In the Tucson N Line, Hyundai has tweaked the steering and the suspension setup in order to make the SUV more driver-focused. The springs have been stiffened by eight per cent in the front and five per cent in the rear. The steering has been modified with tweaks to the software, thereby lending it a more direct feel.
Appearance wise, the Tucson N Line rides on stylish 19-inch alloy wheels finished in black as is the case with the roof mounted spoiler and ORVMs. Meanwhile, the grille gets a dark mesh treatment and the bumpers are specific to N Line. The bespoke LED day-time-running lights are also a part of the update. On the inside, the sports seats come with contrast stitching, alloy foot pedals and a host of N Line badging all around.
Under the hood, there is a choice between one gasoline engine or one of the two mild hybrid diesels. The N Line Tucson is available either in front- or four-wheel drive layout with the choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT. The petrol motor is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre producing 172bhp, while the diesel engines are either a 1.6-litre or a 2.0-litre unit with 134bhp and 182bhp of output, respectively.
Following the N Line, a fully-blown Tucson N is in works. That will pack more than 340bhp and will take on the fight against a new crop of performance-crossovers like Cupra Ateca and Skoda Kodiak RS. Meanwhile, in India, a facelift of the Tucson is due and is likely to come around later this year. Unfortunately, neither the N nor the N Line is coming to our shores, unless Hyundai decides otherwise. Until then, keep watching this space for more details.