Hyundai has quickly propagated its N performance sub-brand throughout its lineup after originally announcing it with the i30. Today the brand has announced the Hyundai Tucson will become the brand’s first SUV in their portfolio to get an N badge.
It is important to note that there are basically two tiers of N models at Hyundai. There’s the full-fledge N performance models and there are N Line models. The N Line models are less performance oriented and more about looking the part.
The Tucson N Line certainly looks the part. With design cues similar to the other N models, such as blacked-out chrome trim and big 19-inch wheels. Hyundai has also gone to the length of giving the N Line model a revised front fascia and headlights that vary slightly from the more mundane Tucson. Black mirror caps and roof round out the changes.
Inside, Hyundai has taken a similar approach. There’s red stitching galore and an embossed “N” in the seat-backs. Aluminum trim touches on the gear selector also add to the sportier look.
Its athletic appearance isn’t all show. Hyundai says the Tucson N Line also features stiffer suspension and revised software in its steering rack to allow for more feedback.
In Europe the Tucson N Line will be available with three different engines, including a diesel option. So far this model has only been announced for Europe, but given the love affair for SUVs stateside, we assume it will eventually find its way to the U.S. too.