Remember when Hyundai teased what appeared to be a sportier-looking Tucson?
Well after giving us a peek last month, the automaker has officially taken the covers off their first N Line crossover. Say hello to the 2019 Tucson N Line, Hyundai's second addition to their growing N Line family just after the Elantra GT.
Built and designed by Hyundai to give the Tucson a bit more attitude, it comes with an array of exterior and interior upgrades, as well as improved steering and handling. With it, the company claims that this unique combination gives the crossover a N-inspired sportiness while still retaining the versatility and family-friendly nature of the Tucson.
Unlike your typical Tucson, the N Line version comes with a dark chrome front grill complete with blacked-out mesh inserts. It also gets redesigned front and rear bumpers which add that extra hit of sportiness. Shod in the wheel wells, on the other hand, are 19-inch N Line alloy wheels painted black. Speaking of black, other portions of the Tucson like the headlight bezels and rear spoiler are also finished in the dark color.
The Tucson N Line comes with leather-suede sport-style seats that come with red contrast stitching. Meawnhile, both the steering wheel and gear shift lever are also upholstered in leather and come with the distinct stitching accent. Finally, it gets new alloy pedals which further enhances its looks.
As mentioned earlier, this particular Tucson gets tweaked suspension settings and steering. According to Hyundai, the springs will offer 8% better rigidty at the front while the rear will get 5% improved rigidity at the back. The electronic power steering, on the the other hand, has been given a software update which they said will offer a more direct, linear feel at the wheel.
“With the new Tucson N Line, Hyundai now provides the sporty feeling to customers who also want the versatility and comfort of an SUV. Tucson is our best-selling model in Europe and it is positioned right at the heart of our brand, so we are excited to introduce the N Line character to our customers in this segment,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, vice president of Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe.
As for what's under the hood, the 2019 Tucson N Line will be available with two engine options. First up is the 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline inline-four that puts out an impressive 177 PS and 265 Nm of torque. Next is the 2.0-liter CRDi 48V diesel-hybrid which puts out 185 PS with 400 Nm of torque, and has a claimed average fuel consumption of 18 km/l under the European combined cycle rating.