hyundai's performance-oriented n division has gotten its hands on the tucson suv, and the results are being teased ahead of a full debut at the 2019 geneva international motor show. if you're not familiar with the n division, think lexus' f sport lineup or bmw's m vehicles but, you know, hyundai.
the teaser images don't show much. on the exterior, there's a new front fascia with unique daytime running lights, as well as different wheels and n line badging on the front fender. if the exterior treatment continues in the same path as it does with other models, expect a revised rear bumper, and perhaps a spoiler extending from the roof, too.
inside, we only get to see a new gear selector with n line badging and red stitching that is also visible on the center armrest, as well as what appear to be pedals with a metal finish. in keeping with the rest of the n line treatment inside, there will likely be a unique n line steering wheel and sport seats.
don't expect performance upgrades like a new used engine , transmission or suspension, although all three are likely to be retuned for greater performance — sportier used engine programming, quicker shifts from the transmission, stiffer suspension for better handling — as part of the n line treatment.
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will the tucson n line make it to north america? probably, at some point. we already have the elantra gt n line and veloster n — a more hardcore trim level than the n line. if or when the updated tucson sells well for hyundai here, why not add a slightly sportier-looking and sportier-performing model, too? (it probably has an exhaust note that sounds like a money-counting machine.)
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