Here's the Hyundai Tucson N Line Americans Probably Won't Get

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
heres the hyundai tucson n line americans probably wont get

This is certainly *not* the theoretical hot crossover we referred to in today’s QOTD. It’s not hot; rather, it’s merely ever so mildly warmer, in a sense, than a stock Tucson.

While Hyundai’s Tucson N Line is a vehicle currently targeted at European buyers, it’s possible the automaker could bring it to America in the near future, bolstering the fledgling N Line lineup (which currently consists of only the Elantra GT). The legitimately hotter N sub-brand also consists of a single vehicle: the revamped-for-2019 Veloster.

So, what does the Tucson N Line bring to the table?

Badging, for one. Lots of it, inside and out, with accent stitching that won’t help the vehicle move off the line with any additional vigor. Nor will the redesigned front fascia, rejigged front lighting, or blacked-out spoiler, mirror housings, and grille mesh. Alloy sport pedals might afford a slippery boot greater purchase when mashing the accelerator.

Feeling underwhelmed yet? Hyundai at least moved the vehicle beyond “appearance package” status by donning 19-inch wheels, swapping in stiffer spring (8 percent stiffer in front, 5 percent in the rear), and tuning the power steering for a more “direct, linear feel at the wheel.”

As this is a European model, the powerplants aren’t a mirror image of those offered in the United States. Buyers on the continent see a 2.0-liter turbodiesel mated to a 48-volt mild hybrid system, good for 182 horsepower. There’s also a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder offering slightly less swiftness, and a 1.6-liter diesel unit rounding out the bottom of the performance scale.

On these shores, the hottest Tucson available is, well, any Tucson that isn’t the base SE or uplevel Value model. SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate models all make use of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder (181 hp, 175 lb-ft) and six-speed automatic. Until very recently, buyers could select a turbocharged 1.6-liter with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft that put its power down through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

After dropping a torquier motor and sportier tranny from the model line, it would be weird to see an N Line version appear here with the same 2.4/6A powertrain offered in top-spec Tucsons. But perhaps Hyundai has a different plan in mind.

Maybe the solution is “N.”

[Images: Hyundai]

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  • ShoogyBee ShoogyBee on Mar 21, 2019

    Hyundai USA dealers just started to receive the 2019 Tucson Night on their lots, which looks pretty similar (but not identical) to this N-Line variant. Blacked out 19" BBS wheels, etc. and it comes with the 2.4L motor. No idea if the suspension tuning changes made it to the US model though.

  • MKizzy MKizzy on Mar 21, 2019

    If the N-Line Tuscon is eventually offered in the U.S., I hope Hyundai at least gifts it with the powertrain from the Elantra Sport. 201hp should be enough to give it noticeably more oomph versus the other trim levels.

  • Jeff S I haven't seen one of these since the 90s. Good find.
  • William Piper Ditch the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance for starters….Mitzu has probably benefited less than the other two partners and it has shackled any brand creativity moving forward.
  • Tassos I knew a woman in the area, a journalist (at least she claimed to be a reporter of some kind) who owned one of these tiny pickups with a manual transmission. SHe was only 40 at the time, but she must have been hard of hearing, because she would routinely forget to shift and we would go at fairly high speeds in very low gear, which made a huge racket, which did not seem to bother her (hence my deafness hypothesis). Either that, or she was a lousy driver. Oh well, another very forgettable, silly car from the 80s (and if my first and LAST VW, a 1975 Dasher wagon, was any indication, a very unreliable one too!)
  • Tassos Now as for the Z specifically, Car and Driver had a comparison test of the new Z400, a car that looks good on paper, with plenty of HP etc, but, despite the fact that the cars that win in those tests are usually brand new models that are more up to date than their aging rivals, the Z finished DEAD LAST in the test, to my ovbious surprise.
  • Arthur Dailey Sorry but compare that spartan interior to the Marks that Corey is writing about. 'A cigarette lighter'. Every Mark had 4 cigarette lighters and ashtrays. And these came standard with 'a 3.4-liter, 182-horsepower straight-six in the engine compartment and a five-speed manual transmission'. Those do not tick off many of the luxury boxes aspired to by 'the greatest generation'.Not sure about the 7 series but one of My Old Man's associates showed up once with a brand new 5 series circa 1977 and they gave him such a bad time that he traded it for a Fleetwood within a week.