Hyundai’s N division is about to release its first SUV. And this...isn’t it. Yup, while the little Kona has just been given the full N treatment (click on these blue words to read our review of a prototype), the new Tucson has to make do with little more than sportier styling. For now, anyway.
The Tucson N Line goes on sale in a few months’ time. Key differences versus the standard Tucson, which just so happens to be a very good car, include a taller, wider grille, new bumpers and air intakes, black detailing, 19-inch alloys, and more prominent exhausts. Inside you get N-branded seats with red contrast stitching, black headlining, and metal pedals.
As far as dynamics go, Hyundai’s engineers have reprogrammed the optional adaptive dampers to make the Tucson a bit keener to drive. And that’s it. Think of N Line Hyundais as you might S Line Audis, M Sport BMWs, or AMG Line Mercs and you get the idea. It’s an aesthetics thing.
So, if Hyundai were to do a proper Tucson N, it might look a bit like this. No word on whether that’s happening, of course. For now, it’s available with all the same engines as the standard car, from a normal 1.6-liter turbo to regular, mild, and plug-in hybrids.
The new Tucson is a controversial-looking thing at the best of times. Has the sporty-looking N Line styling improved matters? Have a look at more images below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
More photos of the Tucson N Line:
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.