By on March 21, 2019

Image: Hyundai

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.

Image: Hyundai

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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5 Comments on “Here’s the Hyundai Tucson N Line Americans Probably Won’t Get...”

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    There’s strong rumor of a full Tucson N. All but confirmed. There’s also supposed to be all but confirmed development of the “Theta 3” 2.5T motor. Which also makes sense because there’s an 8-speed wet clutch DCT going into the i30N, which should mosey on over to the Veloster N perhaps for 2021.

    Though I wish I could find better confirmation.

  • avatar

    Drop the 245-hp 2.0T from the Sonata in there, and it could get interesting.

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    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.

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    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.

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