The hotted up SUV would fall under the N sub-brand.
Hyundai is working on a performance version of the Tucson, a high-ranking exec has confirmed. The hotted-up crossover would fall under the N performance label, joining an expanding lineup of sporty Hyundais.
The confirmation came directly from Hyundai’s sales chief Byung Kwon Rhim at the launch of the new Santa Fe in South Korea. When asked about the N sub-brand, Auto Express quotes Rhim as saying, “The Tucson is under development, and other models will come after that.”
The i30 N hot hatch has just launched in global markets (sadly, the US is not getting it), and Hyundai unveiled a Veloster N for US markets at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The latter will produce 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and come underpinned with a sport-tuned suspension.
While no further details about the Tucson N were revealed, it is likely that the same 2.0-liter turbo four would power the crossover. A stiffer suspension, larger brakes and sport tires will likely be part of the package as well. It’s unclear whether a Tucson N would come to the US, but given our appetite for crossovers, we wouldn’t rule it out.