Hyundai Tucson receives N Line treatment

Hyundai Tucson range bolstered with the addition of an N Line derivative

Reuben Van Niekerk
New model
N Line
Tucson N Line
Hyundai Tucson

Intro: Hyundai have given their midsized Tucson the N Line treatment and in doing so added a new flagship to the range.

The Tucson N Line combines the dynamic design, comfort, and advanced features of the Tucson with the motorsport inspired styling and attitude of Hyundai’s N Line.

The Tucson features a progressive design, integrating sharp lines, angles, and shapes as well as the Tucson’s new signature parametric jewel patterns. A low and wide stance emphasizes its sporty credentials.

On N Line models, the parametric jewel patterns on the grille pieces have been elaborated with edges that create additional reflections depending on the angle while the grille also incorporates a N Line badge.

Under the grille is a rectangular shaped bumper and refined air intake, which is taller and bigger than on the standard Tucson for a sportier look. The bumper, which is replicated at the rear, works harmoniously with the bright silver skid plates.

At the side, the Tucson N Line is characterised by an energetic looking side moulding in body colour which offers dynamic proportions and lines to provide a slimmer look. This is complimented by a vibrant daylight opening in glossy black. Stylish phantom black side mirrors further enhance the Tucson N Line’s sleek styling.

The Tucson N Line is fitted with an aerodynamic spoiler that is longer than that of the standard model and garnished with fins. The lower rear is accentuated by a red reflector band and a diffusor. Aggressive twin tip exhausts further underline the fact that the models’ designers took many cues from the world of high-performance cars.

Filling the colour coded wheel arches are stronger and sportier 19-inch alloy wheels with parametric patterns that emphasise their geometric structure.

Inside story

The interior is decorated with sporty N Line interior and an exclusive colour pack. Seats feature N branding with black suede and leather as well as red stitching. Red stitching is also woven on the door trim and armrest, while the grey cloth crash pad is garnished with red accents.

N badging adorns the steering wheel and gear knob while a black headliner, metal foot pedals and doorstep inserts gives the interior a sporty touch. An intuitive user experience is guaranteed thanks to a new digital 10.25-inch open instrument cluster and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen that features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A push button start system, automatic climate control, a high-definition rear-view monitor and an electric power tailgate opener complete the luxury offering.

Smart sense includes safety systems such as Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep and Lane Follow Assist, Fatigue Detection, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Regular safety features include Isofix child seat attachments in the rear seats, driver, front, passenger, side and curtain airbags, LED daytime running lights, three-point inertia seatbelts for the driver and all passengers and side impact protection beams.

Under the bonnet

Under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre turbocharged CRDi diesel engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and HTRAC All-Wheel Drive system. The engine develops 137kW at 4 000rpm and 416Nm of torque between 2000 and 2 750rpm, allowing the Tucson to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9,4 seconds while using just 6,5 litres per 100km in real world combined conditions.

The Tucson’s advanced HTRAC AWD transmission features a multi-mode system and provides an electronic, variable torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. Driver-selectable Normal, Eco, Sport and Smart drive modes apply specific HTRAC torque distribution settings, to provide confident control in all conditions.

The Tucson N Line rides on electronically controlled suspension which offers additional flexibility on the road through adaptive damping technology that takes conditions such as speed, road surfaces, cornering, stopping requirements and acceleration into account and adjusts damping accordingly.

Model range and pricing

The Hyundai Tucson N Line is sold with a seven-year/200 000km warranty, a six-year/90 000km service plan and seven-year/150 000km roadside assistance.

Hyundai Tucson R2.0 N Line AWD              R799 900

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