Hyundai is reportedly developing the Tucson N, a hotted-up version of the brand’s midsize SUV slated to join its rapidly-expanding performance range.
According to a report by British magazine Auto Express, the Tucson N will land in mid-late 2020 with an uprated, 253kW (340bhp) version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine from the i30 N. Thanks to standard all-wheel-drive, it will sprint from zero to 100km/h in less than six seconds, a couple tenths faster than the existing front-drive N models.
Development mules have supposedly already hit the road, boasting all-wheel-drive systems and manual/dual-clutch transmissions sourced from the i30 N.
In addition, the English publication claims the Tucson N will be preceded by an hot version of the i20 light hatch, set to arrive earlier in 2020. It will be powered by a 186kW turbocharged four-cylinder, that drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. When it launches, it will do battle with light hot hatch rivals in the form of the Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Polo GTI and the upcoming 2020 Renault Clio RS and Toyota Yaris GR.
Stay tuned to Redline for all the latest Tucson N updates.
Cover image taken from the Auto Express source story that’s linked above.