Hyundai is looking to spice things up at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show with a bevy of modified SUVs and crossovers.
To entice Hyundai fans about what the company has in store for the show, Hyundai recently released the first teaser photos of what appears to be a modified Tucson. Despite Hyundai not revealing its name, it looks like the shadowy model could be the N Line variant of the popular crossover.
How so? Well if you take a closer look at the first photo, you’ll see that the crossover itself comes with the ’N Line’ badging at the front quarter panel. This could only mean that Hyundai is indeed serious in upgrading not just the Tucson, but the rest of their crossover lineup as well.
Hyundai's N Line is their sports and performance sub-brand wherein N supposedly stands for the Nurburgring and their test center in Namyang, South Korea. The N Line is to Hyundai in the same way that NISMO is to Nissan and M is to BMW.
Taking a look at the Elantra GT N Line revealed last month, the crossover could also come with exclusive N Line goodies like bigger alloy wheels, blacked-out side mirror caps, a unique N Line Cascading front grill, and stickier tires for better grip. Beyond that, the N Line upgrade will also give the interior a slight makeover. Seen on the second picture is a leather gear selector complete with metal accents and red contrast stitching, similar to the one seen on the Elantra GT Line from last month.
Other details regarding the upcoming crossover still remain a mystery though. However, Hyundai did say that it will have a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain, along with motorsport-inspired details inside and out. The company added that more crossovers will soon come with the performance treatment.
As far as engines are concerned, we will not be surprised if the N Line crossovers will still come with stock engines (given that the Elantra GT N Line received no powertrain upgrade whatsoever). On the flipside, we might expect some handling and suspension upgrades across the N Line crossover lineup.
Only time will tell if Hyundai will indeed reveal such vehicles when they officially unveil them in Geneva come March.