By Mike Torpey on 2021-06-18 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
HYUNDAI has announced pricing and spec for its new Tucson N Line Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, the hybrid costing from £34,635 and plug-in starting at £39,275.
Already introduced with T-GDi and mild hybrid powertrains, these latest N Line versions add both high power and increased electrified efficiency.
External design tweaks include jewel patterns on the grille pieces, which have been elaborated with edges, creating additional reflections depending on the angle.
The grille also incorporates the N Line badge while a rectangular shaped bumper and refined air intake, which is bigger than on the standard Tucson for a sportier look, sits under the grille.
At the rear N Line gets a longer aerodynamic spoiler, complete with stabilising fins, a diffuser and aggressive twin-tip muffler exhausts. Standard 19-inch alloy wheels, with a geometric pattern mirroring the grille, complete the look.
Both Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid powertrains feature already in the Tucson range, with the 1.6 T-GDi combined with a hybrid system including a 1.49 kWh battery and motor to deliver a total system output of 230PS with CO2 emissions of 131g/km. Power is delivered through a 2WD six-speed auto transmission.
Meanwhile, the 1.6 T-GDi Plug-in Hybrid shares the same auto transmission but also adds 4-wheel drive and a 13.8kWh battery delivering a total system output of 265PS, a pure electric range of up to 38 miles and CO2 emissions of only 31g/km.
N Line models offer a comprehensive spec including 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black door frames, body coloured door mirrors, dark chrome grille, leather and suede seat trim, dual zone climate control and LED daytime running lamps.
Buyers also get privacy glass, an electric parking brake, parking sensors with rear view camera, keyless entry with start/stop button, 10.25-inch touchscreen sat nav with LIVE services, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Hyundai Motor UK chief Ashley Andrew said "Tucson has received a tremendous reception in the UK from customers, with nearly a third of our sales attributed to this dynamic SUV.
"The additions of Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid powertrains to the N Line trim now mean that customers can choose sporty design and combine it with powertrains that deliver both high levels of performance and efficiency."
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