We read at Motoring Australia that Hyundai looks set to deliver a faster, better handling variant of itsfirst pickup truck following comments fromHyundai N Performance boss, Albert Biermann.
When carsales asked if he planned to create an N version of the Korean brand’s forthcoming answer to the Toyota HiLux, which will also perform a Kia variant, Biermann replied:
“You have to be ready for everything from Hyundai and Kia, everything things is possible. “So there’s no limitations.”
Paving the way for aFord Range Raptor rival is the sales success of the Blue Oval’s wild Baja-channeling ute, which has shocked many car execs despite its towering $75,000-plus price tag.
Set to be based on the pick-up truck that is currently being developed by Kia and Hyundai, the N ute is expected to follow in the Raptor’s wake by offering long-travel race-truck-style suspension, aggressive looks and more power.
Hotly tipped to motivate the Hyundai N pick-up is a more powerful version of the i30 N’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that could push out around 225kW.
Despite the extra weight, a 0-100km/h of less than seven seconds is feasible, meaning the Hyundai N ute will humble the Ford for straight-line performance, if Biermann’s bosses green-light the pick-up for production.
As far as other N models in the pipeline, the former BMW M boss said a hatchback smaller than the i30 N is on the way and it will almost certainly be based on the i20.
Biermann also said that after its launch an SUV model based on the footprint of the i30 N would follow, making it likely to be the Tucson N.
In the future an N-fettled battery-powered production EV will also be offered by Hyundai, but Biermann refused to confirm when due to internal concerns within the Hyundai that buyers are “not ready yet” for such a vehicle.