The Tucson is a 5-seat luxury SUV from Hyundai and is the most expensive offering from the brand in India. Hyundai is now working on performance version of the Tucson SUV. It will go by the name Tucson N-Line. They are likely to reveal this SUV in the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
Hyundai had recently launched couple of images which teases the upcoming performance variant of the Tucson SUV. Normally a full-blown N model has a powerful engine, suspension and brakes tweaks, and most importantly an aggressive design.
But Hyundai says it’s a “dynamic new specification” with “motorsport-influenced details inside and out.” Basically the Hyundai Tucson N-Line will be an SUV with sportier appearance with few interior modifications. The Tucson N-Line is expected to produce 340 Bhp and capable of doing 0-100 kmph in less than six seconds.
The teaser image reveals a new shape of the bumper with LED day time running lights and N Line badging on the side of the car. The second image is of the interior. It shows a sporty looking gear lever with N badging and red inserts in it to give it a more sportier feel. Black coloured Leather seats with red stitching is also seen in the image.
Hyundai Tucson is global SUV and is sold in many other countries including India But, the N-line variant of the Tucson is unlikely to make its way to India considering the higher price tag and already low sales for Tucson in India.
Tucson in India was launched in India in 2016. Also, a high performance petrol SUV means a single digit mileage figure, and this is something fuel efficiency conscious buyers in India are unlikely to accept. These are the reasons why the N-Line Tucson may sadly never make it to the Indian car market.
The Tucson sold in India is available with two engine options – a 2.0L petrol and a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol engine makes 153 Bhp and 192 Nm, and a 2 litre turbocharged diesel produces 182 Bhp-400 Nm. An all wheel drive variant is available on the top-end diesel variant while all petrol trims remain front wheel drive-only.
The price of Hyundai Tucson in India starts from Rs 18.73 lakhs to Rs 25.74 lakhs ex-showroom. The main competitor for Tucson in the segment is Jeep Compass which even offers a 4X4 variant at a cheaper price point. The Jeep Compass range starts from Rs 15.4 lakh to Rs 21.07 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.