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Hyundai planning hot-rodded Tucson?

by Ronan Glon

The 340-horsepower Tucson could arrive by 2021.

Hyundai's go-fast N division will turn the Tucson into a family-friendly hot rod, according to a recent report.

The Tucson was born to carry passengers and gear, not to set lap times, so its transformation will be a drastic one. Anonymous insiders told British magazine Auto Express that the Tucson N will offer at least 340 horsepower, and a zero-to-60-mph time of under six seconds. All-wheel drive will most likely be the only drivetrain option offered.

The N treatment will also include comprehensive suspension and brake modifications, plus a model-specific body kit that will make the crossover more aerodynamic while giving it a more muscular design. In the United States, assuming it's sold here, its main rival will be the Ford Edge ST, which packs 335 horsepower from a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.

The Tucson N will arrive in showrooms before 2021, Auto Express learned. It will occupy the top spot in Hyundai's N-badged line of cars until the sub-brand releases a standalone halo model not based on an existing nameplate. Details about the flagship remain few and far between, and engineers are in no rush to develop it.

"We are going to take our time with this one - because when it appears it will blow everything else away in its sector," insiders affirmed.   

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