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.
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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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.
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.
Know more about Hyundai Tucson 2021
<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 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>
Joseph Paolo Estabillo