New Hyundai Tucson N to arrive with 340bhp

Our exclusive image previews the look of the new Hyundai Tucson N, which is set to rival the Cupra Ateca, Audi SQ5 and VW T-Roc R

Hyundai Tucson N - front (watermarked)

Hyundai’s bid to infiltrate the world of high-performance models is under way and new in the product plan from the Korean firm will be a hot Tucson N SUV, Auto Express can confirm.

Set to arrive within the next two years, towards the end of the current model’s lifecycle, and previewed in our exclusive image, it will rival the Cupra Ateca, Audi SQ5 and the forthcoming Volkswagen T-Roc R.

Best fast family cars

Insiders are remaining tight-lipped on final specs, but expect at least 340bhp from the Tucson N and a 0-62mph time below six seconds in order to be competitive against its rivals. Insiders told us that the firm is “not interested in making also-ran cars with N badges on them in whatever class they compete”.

The Tucson will head Hyundai’s N range until the arrival of what N engineers are merely describing as a “halo car” which will be a “brand-changer”.

Engineers won’t confirm which platform it will be based on yet, but our source told us: “We are going to take our time with this one – because when it appears it will blow everything else away in its sector.”

We know the N Division has been working for a while on a development mule with four-wheel drive and a gearbox that’s based on the i30 N’s, but our source wouldn’t confirm this is the halo car. They told Auto Express it’s one option on the table, while a full EV based on an all- new platform is another consideration.

Before this happens, the next N car will be based on the i20 and will appear early in 2020. Expect it to have at least 250bhp and be front-wheel drive, with new electronic differential trickery. It will rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI, something Hyundai insiders say they are “very confident” it will achieve.

Click here for our in-depth review of the Hyundai i30 N...

Recommended

Hyundai Tucson Ultimate Hybrid: long-term test review
Hyundai Tucson long termer - second report header
Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson Ultimate Hybrid: long-term test review

Second report: Our Hyundai Tucson SUV is given a tough challenge as it heads off on holiday
24 Sep 2021
Nissan Qashqai vs Peugeot 3008 vs Hyundai Tucson
Nissan Qashqai vs Peugeot 3008 vs Hyundai Tucson
Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai vs Peugeot 3008 vs Hyundai Tucson

The original Nissan Qashqai was ahead of the game when it was launched but has the latest version already been left behind by the Peugeot 3008 and Hyu…
31 Jul 2021
Hyundai Tucson review
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson review

The new Hyundai Tucson has all the essential qualities to mix it with the mid-size SUV class leaders
28 Jul 2021
New 2021 Hyundai Tucson N-Line hybrid and PHEV on sale now
Hyundai Tuscon N Line - front
Hyundai Tucson

New 2021 Hyundai Tucson N-Line hybrid and PHEV on sale now

Hyundai names price for new Tucson N-Line hybrid duo with plug-in offering 38 miles of electric running
18 Jun 2021

Most Popular

New 2022 Range Rover leaks: first look at new Land Rover flagship SUV
Range Rover leak - front
Land Rover Range Rover

New 2022 Range Rover leaks: first look at new Land Rover flagship SUV

Images of what could be the next Range Rover have appeared on social media ahead of next week’s reveal
21 Oct 2021
New Hyundai Ioniq 6 targeting Tesla Model 3 with 311-mile range
Hyundai Ioniq 6 - watermarked
Hyundai

New Hyundai Ioniq 6 targeting Tesla Model 3 with 311-mile range

The new Hyundai Ioniq 6 saloon will join the Ioniq 5 in the brand’s all-electric line-up and our exclusive image previews how it could look
21 Oct 2021
New Kia EV6 2021 review
Kia EV6 front tracking
Kia EV6

New Kia EV6 2021 review

With a sporty drive, 300-plus miles of range and plenty of tech - could the new Kia EV6 be one of the best electric cars on sale?
19 Oct 2021