Hyundai Teases a sportier 'N' version of its Tucson for Geneva Motor Show
Geneva, Feb 28: Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, and carmakers will be trying their best to generate hype for their upcoming models.
Hyundai has teased an 'N' performance version of its Tucson SUV ahead of its Geneva reveal. The car was revealed in a picture showcasing sporty design details on the headlight, like boomerang-shaped LED DRLs. Same design theme extends to the LEDs on the side scoops as well. The alloy wheel design was also very unique, with extremely busy details. The confirmation of the performance version, however, comes from the 'N' badge above the front wheel arch.
The Tucson will be the second car model in Hyundai's lineup to receive an 'N' performance version, the first one being the i30N hatchback. The N-version will sport larger wheels, sporty interiors with contrast stitching, twin exhaust tips, sports seats, etc. While the mechanical details of the car are still under wraps, the Tucson N is confirmed to sport a mild hybrid powertrain in an effort to reduce emissions.
According to Hyundai, the new Tucson N will feature sporty, motorsports-inspired styling details. Hyundai, of course, has a rich motorsport pedigree as well, with their brilliant i30N TCR winning the 2018 World Touring Car Racing (WTCR) for YMRacing (the Winning Team) and BRC Racing Team's Gabriele Tarquini (the Winning Driver).
According to speculation, Hyundai will tweak the suspension and chassis to lend better handling characteristics to the Tucson N. Powering the car will the same 340 bhp 2-liter turbo-petrol unit that powers the i30N. The brakes will be bigger as well, keeping in line with the increased power.
The non 'N' variants of the Tucson will also be put on display in Geneva. Hyundai will refresh the model's looks and exteriors, while also subtly tweaking the chassis and brakes. The car will feature a 1.6-liter T-GDi petrol motor, same as found on the i30, putting out 175bhp of power. A 2-liter naturally aspirated petrol and a 2-liter turbo-diesel engine will also be on offer on the base models. These engines will also feature a mild-hybrid system, either as standard or as an optional extra.
The current version of the Hyundai Tucson goes up against Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V internationally. In India, the All these cars are brilliant and battle it out fiercely for a bite of the compact SUV market. It will be interesting to see if the newer Tucson will fare any better against all these cars.
Hyundai states that the 'Tucson N' is just the beginning, and there will be even more brilliant reveals in the near future. While a timeline hasn't been shared by the company, market analysts suggest that the launches will happen over of a course of a few months. As such, we expect great things from the Korean manufacturer at the Geneva Motor Show, and some more 'N' cars in the future as well.