A few days ago, we informed you that Hyundai were already working on a high performance, 2.5-liter Turbo, Tucson variant, we also shared more deatils like this Tucson will be N-Line, not N, and will have the same engine as Sonata N-Line, but today and thanks to DubiCars we can see the Tucson with less camouflage than ever.
The new Tucson will have an improved 2.0 R-Engine CRDi that increases fuel efficiency and improves noise and vibration. The gasoline turbo model is equipped with a SmartStream G1.6 T-GDi engine such as the Sonata Sport. This engine is equipped with a continuously variable valve duration (CVVD), and has a maximum output of 180 horsepower and a maximum torque of 27.0 kgm.
In addition, a hybrid model and a semi-high performance N-Line will be introduced. The hybrid is said to be based on the same 1.6 T-GDi as the new Sorento or Santa Fe, with a total output of 230 hp. The same Smartstream G2.5 T-GDi as the Sonata N-Line, which has recently been certified, is applied to the Tucson N-Line.
It has a maximum output of 290 horsepower and a maximum torque of 43.0 kgm. So looks like with the Sonata, Hyundai will finally just made N-Line not N for Tucson.
The new Tucson will use the new 3rd generation platform. The new 3rd generation platform focuses on improving the safety during collision, enhancing driving performance, and reducing the weight as well as a better and lower center of gravity. As the new platform is applied, the body size and wheelbase are expanded compared to the existing Tucson, so now allows the SUV to compete against more rivals that have grown like Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav-4.
The exterior is largely applied to the design elements of the Vision T concept car, such as a grille with a geometric pattern, a hidden signature lamp, an angled side wheel arch, a newly designed wheel, and a rear lamp connected to the left and right. The horizontal bar connected to the rear lamp also lights up, and the turn indicator light comes down to the bumper.
Unlike the traditional SUV interior, the new Tucson interior is changed to wrap around the driver. The basic layout is similar to the Indian strategic SUV Creta. It features a horizontal dashboard with a wide monitor, a four-spoke steering wheel, electronic gear buttons and a slim air vent. The new Tucson is set for August release.