Hyundai has given its Tuscon SUV the N Line design treatment with some minor technical enhancements.
The N Line treatment is a design addition in a way not too far off the Mzansi only Tuscon Sport which had design accents added on the T GDI Elite version. The N Line on the new model sees global wide design changes to both the outside and inside. From the front the N Line Tuscon retains the cascading as revised on the facelift models with the N Line getting a dark mesh-pattern grille framed by dark chrome. Black-bezel headlamps in LED technology are offered whilst the bumper has been redesigned with sporty lower side air intakes featuring LED daytime lights and the lower central air intake receiving a more aggressive design.
The side sees dark 19” alloy wheels as well as side mirror housings, darkened window frames in combination with body-coloured door handles. The accents below the doors get a matt silver finish in a sports design. The rear gets a rear spoiler in glossy black, N Line badge and a faux diffuser to complete the sporty look.
The interior has also received N Line treatment with N-branded leather-suede sport seats and red accent stitching on the steering wheel and seats. Alloy pedals and the leather-wrapped, red-accented N gear shift lever are also part of the N Line enhancements. The Tablet like Infotainment screen is retained for higher spec models with Navigation, APP Connect functionality.
Technically the N Line treatment promises changes to the steering and suspension with the target of giving the Tuscon a sporty, dynamic drive. The European spec Tuscon N Line is limited to the top of the range CRDI and T-GDI models. These models also feature mild Hybrid technology through a 0.44 kW/h 48-Volt lithium-ion polymer battery, a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG), an LDC converter (Low Voltage DC/DC) and an inverter. These models are not available in Mzansi and we would likely get the N Line treatment on the 130kW 1.6-litre T-GDI and 131kW 2.0-litre CRDI, both in front wheel drive form. Locally transmission options are a 6 speed manual whilst auto transmissions are 7-speed Dual Clutch (T-GDI) and 8-speed automatic (CRDI).
No word yet on whether Mzansi will get the N Line treatment however with the local success of the Tuscon Sport, one would expect it to be launched locally in 2019. Stay tuned though for more info on its possible availability.