Going on sale at the end of this month, the Seat Ateca FR rival will be priced from £25,995. That price gets you a 174bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a manual gearbox and two-wheel drive.
Standard kit on top of the N Line styling upgrades, detailed below, includes heated seats with electric lumbar support, keyless entry, climate control and front and rear parking sensors. Also available is a 135bhp 1.6-litre diesel with mild-hybrid tech. Both engines can also be had with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Tucson N Line follows on from the i30 N Line launched in 2018. Tweaks to the standard Tucson, Hyundai's best-selling model in Europe, include a stiffened chassis, revised bumpers, new black-painted 19in alloy wheels and a sportier interior.
“This is an understated sporty car with some subtle improvements inside and out, so it brings the N Line character to a Hyundai SUV for the first time,” said Thomas Bürkle, Hyundai Europe’s design chief.
Bürkle’s team has created a more muscular-looking Tucson with time-honoured changes such as a new front bumper, new grille, revised headlights and twin exhausts. New in the front bumper are distinctive ‘boomerang’ daytime running lights, while the headlights feature standard LED illumination and black bezels to emphasise the lamp shape.
The dominant design theme is to remove all the brightwork from the exterior, replacing it with black trim or black finishes to add some sporty menace to the Tucson.
Inside, the dark theme continues with bucket-style seats trimmed in breathable microfibre cloth, while red stitching for the steering wheel, dashboard and gear selector provide visual highlights.
But the Tucson N Line isn't just about styling. The front suspension is 8% stiffer and the rear is 5% stiffer, while software changes in the electric power steering are claimed to “give a slightly more direct, linear feel at the wheel”. Suspension development was carried out by engineers at Hyundai’s technical centre at Rüsselsheim, Germany.