2021 Hyundai Tucson N Line is now part of our wish list

Updated Feb 02, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It’s an angrier-looking version of the standard model that’s coming here.

You’ve heard that Hyundai is launching four new vehicles in the Philippines this year. Sporting the collective moniker “Fab 4”, the upcoming releases comprise the facelifted Kona, the new Santa Fe, next-generation Starex, and the fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson.

Hyundai Tucson N Line highlights
 
There is a side to this bit of good news that’s disappointing, though (but not by much). See, while our market has yet to receive the standard new Tucson in showrooms, the N Line version has already made its appearance elsewhere in the world. As can be expected from models of this series, there are a number of visual and handling tweaks.
 
2021 Hyundai Tucson N Line
It packs a more assertive look than its standard sibling
 
First off, the Tucson N Line eschews the black body cladding on the regular Tucson in favor of rocker panels and wheel arch extensions rendered in body color. And what a shade it is, an exclusive Shadow Gray limited to the N Line, paired with an available Phantom Black roof. This is accompanied by blacked-out side mirrors, dual exhausts, and redesigned alloy wheels that retain their size at 19 inches from the standard model.

The N Line sports a more aggressive-looking “parametric dynamics” grille and a subtly redesigned front bumper featuring a silver skid plate. Inside, the seats are covered in suede, complemented by red highlight stitching also found on the center console, steering wheel, and doors. The pedals, footrest, and side sills are constructed from metal, while a black headliner dominates the cabin. The result is an aura of increased sportiness, even if it’s mostly aesthetic.

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Tucson N Line seats

The suede seats even feature prominent 'N Line' branding 

Expect no changes to the powertrain, which still range from gasoline and diesel to hybrid versions, available in either two-wheel or all-wheel-drive. However, there are tweaks to the Tucson N Line’s road manners, mostly from the electronically controlled suspension that’s been retuned for increased responsiveness and vibration damping.

Hyundai claims that the Tucson N Line’s steering represents a significant improvement over the model’s vanilla sibling, with less roll, pitch, and vertical movement.

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2021 Hyundai Tucson N Line

2021 Hyundai Tucson N Line

We’re now unsure whether to keep waiting for the standard Tucson or be up in arms at the thought of missing out on the enhanced version. Things are not helped by the juicier thought of a full-fledged Tucson N version down the pipeline, with a rumored output well in excess of 300 hp. For now, we’ll see what the regular Tucson has to offer in the metal when it shows up on our roads.

Get a glimpse of upcoming models on the horizon at Philkotse.com.

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Hyundai Tucson

<p>The Hyundai Tucson is a compact, five-door crossover with a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. It can fit in up to five occupants including the driver, and it has a default cargo space of&nbsp;877-liters. For the Philippine market, the Hyundai-made model either gets a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-4. The gasoline engine option can make up to 155 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. The diesel option can produce 185 horsepower and 402 Nm of torque. Only the entry-level GL 2.0 FWD MT is available with a six-speed manual transmission.The automatic gasoline variant uses a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the diesel variants come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.</p>

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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