Hyundai Tucson N Line Wants You To Sit Up And Take Notice

After failing to reveal the Hyundai Tucson N Line at the Geneva Motor Show like many expected, the South Korean automaker has just taken the covers off the punchy SUV.

The Tucson is the first SUV model from Hyundai to receive N line treatment and depending on the market, will be sold with three powertrain options. The first of these is the 2.0-liter CRDi 48V mild hybrid engine introduced to the Tucson family last year. This powertrain is the most powerful and delivers 182 hp.

Those who don’t want or need the hybrid technologies can also opt for the turbocharged 1.6-liter T-GDI petrol engine with 177 PS (174 hp). The final powertrain option sees the company’s familiar 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine combined with the 48V mild hybrid technology of the 2.0-liter model. These powertrains can be coupled to a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system and optioned with either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

A sporty SUV perfect for the school run

Hyundai has adorned the Tucson N Line with a number of sporty styling tweaks. The front, for example, consists of a tweaked bumper with different air intakes, revised LED daytime running lights, a dark chrome front grille, and black bezels around the headlights. Hyundai has also implemented black window surrounds and body colored door handles.

All Tucson N Line models sit on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels painted black. Other exterior add-ons include a black rear spoiler, black roof, and black wing mirror caps.

Those inside the sporty Tucson will find a host of black leather and plastic parts which are offset with red stitching across the dashboard, steering wheel, and seats. The gear selector also features some red touches while aluminum pedals are also present. All models include a nine-speaker Krell sound system as standard while a panoramic glass roof is an option.

To ensure the Tucson N Line offers a driving experience to match its looks, the N Performance division has firmed up the dampers and modified the electronic power steering software.

The Hyundai Tucson N Line will hit the market in May and be offered in nine different colors.

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  • Bash

    I wonder if it would look even better with Dark blue instead of the red. I love the inside with the red stitching.

  • jaykit

    N for Nope.

  • Jason Miller

    So I could get one with the 1.6 Turbo, 6-speed manual and AWD? Sounds too good to be true?

  • eb110americana

    Making less than 200 horses, this would seem to water down their “N” line before it really even gets off the ground. It looks nice enough, but they should have called it something else.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      This is the N-Line, not a full blown N.

      It isn’t watering anything down.

      • eb110americana

        Just because BMW does M-Sport, and Mercedes has AMG Sport, does not make it a good idea. Your example below, of the “S Line” trim is better, as it does not dilute Audi’s RS performance line. Hyundai could have called it “A-Line” or something distinct to keep from confusing customers.

        • Rani

          You know you’re spoiled for choices when you’re complaining about more choices.

  • Maykel

    When will Hyundai/Kia ever learn to separate the dual exhaust? Unsightly. Unbalanced.

  • Six_Tymes

    plastic bits and red stitching, and over priced. yawn


      It’s not a luxury car. Deal with it

  • Jawohl


  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    It looks like a smaller version of the most recent Ford Edge design.

  • Carlos Gamarra

    most powerful with only 182hp?? My mom’s 99 S80 made 200!

    • Christian

      Shame your mom nutte the boss in the backseat.. That car was never the same after….

  • rodriguez256

    Looks good to me, I’d like to see it in another color though. Not sure why it doesn’t have more power, that seams like a deal killer for it being a N trim.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      This is the N-Line, not a full blown N. Similar to Audi S-Line or VW R-Design.

      This is an aesthetic treatment that Hyundai has applied to other vehicles in their lineup like the i30. A full blown N will likely come later with more power.

      • rodriguez256

        Ahh, that makes sense then. I’m curious what the N model will pack.

  • donald seymour

    It’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

  • Alpina

    It would be nice to have 2.0 Turbo with 275 PS (or at least 250 PS) from i30N just for overtaking (not sporty driving). But hey, if Audi (S line), BMW (M sport) and Mercedes (AMG line) can do it, why Hyundai can’t? Aesthetically is very appealing.

  • Craig

    This reminds me of the 2008 Chrysler 300C SRT-Design. A 300C with 20″ wheels, the SRT seats [which are VERY nice – I have to say] and an ‘SRT-Design’ badge on the trunk. Nice car. But it takes something away – I think – from the real thing. The SRT. Same thing here. But even more so perhaps because so few people are even aware of what the the ‘N’ stands for and now it’s being watered down.

  • salamOOn

    cmon guys, its only N-LINE, not the N model. its the same think as S-line from audi. i have no problem with this approach.

    • Alpina


  • Leconte Dave

    The real N is coming soon

  • Leconte Dave

    The real N will be reveal soon

    • Alduin

      Well it better be on an all new platform instead of the current Tucson.


    Very appealing car from Hyundai

  • SteersUright

    Is it for me? No. But, were I shopping for my mom’s Tiguan replacement I think I’d sooner stop by Hyundai than any of the American dealerships. This is so much more appealing than any Equinox, Trax, Escape, Compass or whatever garbage they’re slinging these days.

    • Thunderbolt

      I rent this SUV on occasion when I traveled for work, my co-workers (5’8” and above) didn’t like the compact back seat, and the 2.0L is a little slow on launch, other than it’s a fine vehicle.

  • Shams Tabrez

    The Ford Tucson / Edge edition

  • Super Rob

    I had a 1.6T with 7 speed DCT in a Tucson. Had to dump it after about 18 months as it was just dangerous due to turbo lag. It was so bad that Hyudai dumped the combination in the Tucson after just 2 years. I can only imagine a 2.0 liter turbo would be even worse.

    • Alduin

      How did you deal with the crappy interior quality? I’ve driven a base 2017 Tuscon what a pos. The transmission didn’t know what to do,very unrefined garbage vehicle.

  • Trainwrecker 2.0

    then do your job quit stalking people by removing their comments.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Interesting design.

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