Hyundai teases Tuscan N Line ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. The N Line is said to have a 1.6-liter TDGi gas engine, and expand use of its 48-volt mild hybrid system. The current model, with that setup, is the 2.0-liter diesel with 182 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The next engine with hybrid assistance is expected to be the 1.6-liter diesel. The automaker is looking towards the Geneva Motor Show to display “just the start of much more to come from the brand.”
Looking at the teaser pictures, the N Lines has a different front fascia with new LED DRL’s, N Line badging, and bigger wheels. On the inside, the interior has a shift lever with an N Line identifier and red cross-stitching. With no expectation of increased power, the full-blown N model will have recalibrated suspension, break changes, and a more aggressive design. It definitely isn’t a performance vehicle, but Hyundai says it’s a “dynamic new specification with motorsport-influence details inside and out.”
The South Korean manufacture created the N division to move Hyundai upmarket and help change customer perception of the brand. J.W. Lee, Hyundai Australia CEO, said, “we are hoping the N branding will bring something new to our models. We want to change customer perception, but we can’t do this overnight. Whenever we do research, customer perception is always that we have affordable or cheaper cars. Good cars, but budget cars. I hope the N badge is going to create a halo effect for our brand.” Next month at the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai will showcase the beginning of that movement.
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