The dominant theme of the design is to remove all glitter from the exterior, replacing it with black trims or black finishes to add a sporty threat to the Tucson.
The window frames are finished in black – as is common on Audi, BMW and Mercedes sports models – and the grille is treated with dark chrome, while the rear spoiler has a glossy black finish.
Inside, the dark theme continues with bucket-style seats trimmed in breathable microfibre fabric, while red seams for the steering wheel, dashboard and gear selector provide a touch of visual light.
But the Tucson N line isnt just about style. The front suspension is 8% stiffer and the rear is 5% stiffer, while software changes in the electric power steering “give a slightly more direct and linear feel to the steering wheel. The suspension development was carried out by engineers at the Hyundai technical centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
The European N Line range is based on three engines: in addition to the 135 bhp 1.6-litre diesel equipped with 48V hybrid technology and the 1.6-litre 174 bhp turbopetrol, it is a smooth 2.0-litre 183 bhp 48V hybrid that will not be available in the UK. Hyundaisays says the new 1.6-litre soft hybrid diesel has a combined fuel economy of 47.1-51.3 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 110-118 g/km.
The two British 1.6-litre models will be front-wheel drive; they currently account for 95% of Tucsons sales. With British demand for 2.0-litre diesel, only available with four-wheel drive, representing only 5% of sales, Hyundai UK says it cannot justify the launch of the N Line upholstery with that power unit.
Keeping the 2.0-litre diesel out of the N Line range also creates space for Hyundai to be installed on a full Tucson N, although Hyundai refused to comment on this possibility.
An engineering challenge will be to find an engine that isnt as powerful as the i30 Ns 271bhp 2.0 litre turbo four; that can be exciting in low-speed hatchback, but an SUV will need a wider range of torque.
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