The 4th generation Hyundai Tucson has received the sporty N Line treatment and is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in spring 2021. As with other N Line models, the Tucson N Line is more of a cosmetic upgrade over the regular Tucson.
The treatment begins with Tucson’s new grille with parametric jewel patterns that appear more darker in the N Line, and also the running lights are rectangular-ish in shape as opposed to triangular-ish in the regular Tucson. Other changes include sporty front and rear bumpers, a two-tone paint scheme, and a longer rear spoiler with aero fins. The sporty crossover rides on a different set of busy-looking 19-inch alloy wheels. Also, notice the twin tailpipes at the rear.
The Tucson N Line also gets the Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS), which is optional on the regular model. The ECS is essentially Hyundai’s branding for adaptive dampers. It takes variables such as speed, road surfaces, acceleration and braking, and controls the damping force on each wheel, and reduces roll, pitch and vertical motion to enhance ride and handling.
The cabin has been spiced up with sporty seats upholstered in a combination of black suede and leather, contrasted with red stitching. The steering wheel and the centre console gets N branding. Rest of the features have been carried over from the regular model, such as a 10.25-inch digital driver display, a 10.25-inch central touchscreen, three-zone climate control, and all the safety and driver assistance systems.
No mechanical changes. The Tucson N Line will be available with the following engines: a 265 hp 1.6 T-GDI PHEV; a 230 hp 1.6 T-GDI HEV; 150 or 180 hp 1.6 T-GDI with 48-volt mild-hybrid system; a 150 hp T-GDI; and a 136 hp 1.6 CRDi (diesel).
As mentioned, the Tucson N Line will be available in Europe starting in spring 2021. However, the PHEV and HEV variants will be available from summer 2021.