Hyundai put its stake in the affordable performance vehicle segment after it cut the ribbons of its new N division. After the i30 N and Veloster N, reports now suggest that company is making a push to subject the Tucson to a performance treatment.
Last week, Auto Express reported that the Tucson N was under development and that it will debut within two years, falling in line with the end of the crossover’s lifecycle. The current model either comes with a 2.0-litre inline-four or 2.4-litre inline-four engine for SEL, Sport and Limited models. Hyundai had earlier swapped the racier 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the 2019 model year. This we suspect was in preparation for an upcoming souped up Tucson N.
New power figure of the Tucson N could be rated at 340hp, giving it a 159hp bump over its stock version.
If the report proves true, new power figures of the Tucson N will stand at 340hp, giving it a 159hp bump over the current 2.4-litre. This is a compact crossover, mind you, and that much power would indeed make it faster than most of its rivals. Citing internal sources, Auto Express stated that the car will sprint from zero to 100kph under six seconds. Apart from that, the source also stated that the N division was not interested in building vehicles that don’t lead their segment with respect to performance figures.
The current model either comes with a 2.0-litre inline-four or 2.4-litre inline-four for SEL, Sport and Limited models.
Until Hyundai unveils the acclaimed halo car that will lead its N lineup, the Tucson will sit at the top of ‘N’ offerings. So far, Hyundai has graced the European market with the i30 N, and sent the Veloster N to North America. While there is no word on the cars to arrive in the Middle East anytime soon, Hyundai is working towards expanding its lineup to several countries in the future.
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