What’s M to BMW is N to Hyundai. It effectively means that M line cars in BMW are sportier, sassier and bumped up in terms of performance and dynamics. N line is the same for Hyundai. Hyundai N line cars are sportier, aggressive looking and performance-oriented. And, the latest entrant in Hyundai’s N line is the Tucson N, a performance-oriented, sporty version of their standard SUV, the Tucson.
The Hyundai Tucson N now looks much more aggressive than the standard version. It has been revealed for international markets. It should be noted that Hyundai has revealed the N line for the 4th gen Tuscon which is available globally.
However, in India, Hyundai retails the 3rd gen Tuscon, which also gets an N variant in some global markets. It remains to be seen, what are Hyundai’s plans for Tuscon in India going forward.
Upfront, the Tucson N gets a wider, taller, more pronounced and a more in the eye aggressive grille with a jewel-like design. The bumper is redesigned to be aggressive looking as well and a bit lowly placed central air intake. The roof carries a contrasting paint. On the sides, it gets body-coloured cladding and massive 19” alloy wheels which might be a tad bit overdone in terms of the aggressive quotient.
The rear gets a spoiler and claw-shaped taillights flanking either side of a connected light strip running across the width. It gets a silver bumper beneath with an integrated skid plate and diffuser. Oh, did we mention the new dual-tip exhausts?
A 10.25-inch infotainment display, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all a given on the inside. It gets suede seats with N badging, which by the way is seen quite a lot on the inside, much like the M badge in beemers.
It is offered in 4 powertrain combinations. First up, a 1.6L, GDI turbo petrol which puts out 150BHP of peak power. The same engine is paired with a 48V mild-hybrid unit making up a petrol hybrid powertrain delivering 180BHP. Furthermore, a 1.6L diesel engine which produces 136BHP is also on the table. Lastly, a 1.6L turbo petrol engine with a plug-in hybrid unit producing a combined 265BHP of peak power.