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Hyundai is planning to launch a performance-oriented Tucson SUV, the Tucson N as confirmed by the head of Hyundai’s N performance division, Albert Biermann and other international executives. The new Hyundai Tucson N SUV will be initially launched in international markets as the demand for the SUV is increasing and the car manufacturer wants to take this opportunity by adding more SUV to its model portfolio. When launched, the Hyundai Tucson N will join the Hyundai i30 N hatchback, which has already been launched in global markets recently.
Hyundai has not yet confirmed as to when the performance version Tucson will be launched and other details about the car such as powertrain and other design as well as performance-oriented features. However, before the launch of the new Tucson N, the company will launch the Hyundai i30 Fastback in 2018. According to the source, the carmaker thinks that the “high-performance SUVs will be a crucial part of the 'N' mix.” The company is also considering the Kona SUV to join the other N division models.
As of now, there are no plans to launch the Tucson N in India, but the company will launch its sub-compact Kona SUV, which is already on sale in Korean. The Hyundai will launch the SUV in India in 2018 followed by the launch of an electric version of the Kona. Internationally, the upcoming Hyundai Kona will be powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that will generate 147 hp of power and 179 Nm of torque. The unit will be paired to a six-speed transmission. Hyundai claims the SUV can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in around 10 seconds and has a top speed of about 194 kmph. When introduced in India in early 2018, the Kona is expected to be positioned between the Hyundai Creta and the Tucson and will be priced closer to the Tucson.