Hyundai Tucson Gets N Line Treatment

Originally Published: July 2019

The sportily trimmed SUV variant will be on sale from 30th May

Hyundai have announced that their Tucson SUV has been spruced up and is the latest model in their lineup to get an N Line specification. The transformation sees it take styling cues from the marque's high-performance N sub-brand models, plus receive chassis tweaks and will be available with two powertrain options – one fo which is brand new.

For N Line models the Tucson features bespoke front and rear bumpers, complimented by a dark mesh grille that features a darkened chrome surround. The SUV also sits on 19" alloy wheels, which alongside the side mirror casing and rear spoiler is finished in gloss black. Black-bezel headlamps, unique LED running lights, darkened window frames and body-coloured door handles complete the more athletic look.

The makeover continues inside with N-branded leather and suede seating that feature red accent stitching – as does the leather steering wheel. In keeping with the sporty feel, the driver will manage the Tucson N Line's speed with the alloy pedals, whilst applying more finesse to proceedings with a leather wrapped, accent stitched gear lever that matches the rest of the interior.

But, the changes to the Tucson haven't been purely cosmetic – the chassis has seen some tweaks that will improve handling. The rear suspension has been tweaked so it is now 5% stiffer, whilst the front is firmer by 8%. Drivers will also reap the benefits of sharper steering, with the motor driven power steering software now giving more direct output.

From the Tucson range of engines, the 1.6-litre T-GDi model, with 177bhp driving the front wheels is the entry model, whilst the N Line sees the introduction of the 1.6-litre CRDi 48 Volt Hybrid unit worthy of 136bhp. This replaces the purely fossil fueled version of this powertrain, and combines diesel power with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, a <ild Hybrid Starter Generator, a low voltage DC/DC converter and an inverter. Both powertrains are on offer with a six-notch manual or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.

The N Line specification includes a vast array of standard equipment, including convenience and safety aids, DAB radio and smartphone mirroring. Safety equipment includes Lane Keeping Assist, an Active Bonnet System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Downhill Brake Control, Hill Start Assist Control plus Speed Limit Information Function plus individual tyre pressure monitoring. Other standard features on all N Line models consists of heated and electrically adjusted seating, lumbar support for the driver, privacy glass and keyless entry and start. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which, along with DAB Radio, is manned through the 8" touchscreen display.

Pricing for the Tucson N Line kick off at £25,995 for the petrol T-GDi unit, with the hybrid model starting at £27,495.

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