Motoring

A Tucson with attitude

The SUV vehicle segment is extremely competitive and manufacturers are constantly adding that extra element to their top models to attract buyers.

Hyundai introduces its Tucson N Line derivative and it promises to deliver that little bit of extra oomph and appeal that will attract individualistic buyers.

The N Line features subtle design elements described by Hyundai as sensuous, sharper and parametric jewels. It delivers a sportier drive and improved suspension performance.

To emphasise the car’s sporty appearance at the rear, the Tucson N Line is fitted with an aerodynamic spoiler and an aggressive twin tip muffler exhaust.

The Tucson N Line interior is fitted with sporty seats with black suede and leather seat coverings, as well as red stitching. A dedicated steering wheel comes complete with an N logo.

A host of human-oriented technology features enable an intuitive user experience, including a new digital 10.25-inch open instrument cluster without housing and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow customers to mirror the functionality of their iOS and Android smartphones in a simplified and convenient manner.

A push-button start system, automatic climate control, a high-definition rear-view monitor, and an electric power tailgate opener rounds off the packet of luxury and convenience features.

On the safety front, the N Line leaves no stone unturned. It offers smart cruise control, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistance, fatigue detection, and forward collision alert.

Engine and AWD transmission

The Tucson N Line’s 2-litre turbocharged CRDi diesel engine is paired with a Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission and HTRAC all-wheel Drive (AWD) system. It delivers 137kW and 416Nm, propelling it from 0 to 100km/h in 9.4 seconds. Hyundai aims for an impressive fuel index of 6,5l /100km.

The new Tucson’s driver-selectable normal, eco, sport and intelligent drive modes apply specific HTRAC torque distribution settings, to provide confident control in all conditions.

The HTRAC AWD system also brings a terrain mode to enable safer driving on challenging untarred or gravel roads. The driver can choose between three settings: snow, mud and sand.

Pricing starts at R799 900 and includes a 7-year / 200 000km warranty (consisting of a comprehensive 5-year / 150 000km manufacturer’s warranty, supplemented by an additional 2-year / 50 000km manufacturer’s powertrain warranty); a 6-year / 90 000km service plan (with 15 000 km or annual service intervals); and 7-year / 150 000km roadside assistance.

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