Hyundai Hints At Tucson N As Part Of Performance Lineup Expansion
A Hyundai executive is adding gasoline to the fire on the possibility of a high-performance N variant for the new Tucson. With the arrival of a new generation of crossovers, the time is certainly logical to introduce a sport variant in the range.
“We have a current portfolio of N models, and our clear intention is to build on that portfolio,” said Lorenz Glaab, director of global product management at Hyundai, at the Tucson’s global media launch, according to Go Auto. “Now, which models exactly, when exactly, is it a little early to say and a little early to discuss. Anything is possible… if we believe that in that particular segment for the SUV body type it makes sense, so we can move forward really quickly, I would say. “
While not an absolute confirmation, hinting at a performance crossover in Tucson’s debut certainly seems like a hint of what’s to come. Spy plans also show the Kona N is coming.
Rumors of Hyundai building a Tucson N date back to 2017. The company was conceptualizing it and the Kona N at the same time.
Speculation heated up again in 2019 when anonymous insiders said the Tucson N was on its way with an estimated launch date of 2021. At that point, information suggested it would have at least 340 horsepower ( 254 kilowatts) and the ability to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than six seconds. However, a more recent report indicated that the Tucson N was a bit more modest with 290 hp (216 kilowatts) coming from a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
The new Tucson will arrive in the United States in mid-2021 as a 2022 model year vehicle and will look very different from the current one. Buyers will get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder developing 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts), a hybrid with a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with an estimated output of 230 hp and a plug-in hybrid with still unknown specifications.