Hyundai UK has announced the price and specs of the Tucson N Line which will go on sale in the UK later this month. The sporty SUV features exterior bits inspired by Hyundai’s N range of high-performance models, with bespoke front and rear bumpers, dark mesh-pattern grille with a dark chrome surround.
The 19-inch alloy wheels, door mirror housings and rear spoiler are all finished in gloss black, to further emphasize the car’s sporty nature. Black-bezel headlamps, LED daytime running lights and darkened window frames in combination with body-coloured door handles also add to the look.
Interior changes for the Tucson N Line include N-branded leather-suede sport seats with red accent stitching, which is also carried over to the N branded leather steering wheel. Alloy pedals and the leather-wrapped, red-accented N gear shift lever are also part of the deal. As well as external and interior styling changes, the Tucson N Line T-GDi models feature dynamic modifications over regular models, with changes to the motor driven power steering software giving a more direct, linear feel at the wheel and further adjustment to suspension settings providing a 5 per cent greater rigidity in the rear setup and an 8 per cent increase at the front.
The Tucson N Line also sees the introduction of the new 1.6 CRDi 48 Volt Hybrid, which will be available from the SE Nav trim level and replaces the conventional 1.6 diesel powertrain option. The technology designed for electrification comprises a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG), a LDC converter (Low Voltage DC/DC) and an inverter. Under acceleration, the MHSG supports the engine with up to 12kW of power, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, with the system switching automatically between mechanical use of the engine and energy recuperation. The 1.6-litre T-GDi version, meanwhile, is turbocharged and makes nearly 180bhp. It can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic.