HOT on the heels of the recent launch of the all-new Tucson, Hyundai has unveiled the promised, sporty N Line version of its latest SUV with distinctive exterior design features and specific interior details.
The Korean maker says the exterior design is inspired by motorsport, but that's pretty much it, for basically the N-Line is an additional, but sportier, trim level and comes with the same powertrains and running gear as the rest of the new Tucson range.
For that read a choice of 1.6 litre petrol engines with several hybrid, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid options. As with other trim levels, a four-wheel drive version will be available and electronically-controlled suspension will come as part of a tech option pack.
The N-Line's sporting styling features include a taller and wider grille with an N Line badge, a rectangular shaped bumper with a bigger air intake than on the standard Tucson. There are body-coloured side mouldings, black mirrors and body-coloured wheel arch trims above the standard-fit 19-inch alloy wheels. At the back a longer roof-mounted spoiler features side fins while a rear diffuser and twin exhaust tailpipes complete the sporty look.
Sporty touches inside the Tucson N-Line include N-branded sports seats with black suede and leather seat coverings, as well as red stitching. Red stitching is also woven on the door trim and armrest, while the grey cloth crash pad is garnished with red accents. There's a dedicated N steering wheel, also with an N logo, black headlining, metal pedals, foot rest and door steps.
The N Line model will be available in mainland Europe in the spring although it's likely to be the summer before it arrives in UK dealerships. Full UK specs and prices will be revealed nearer it's on-sale date here.