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New Hyundai Tucson N 2021 not happening after all? 254kW-plus Volkswagen Tiguan R rival stillborn: report

The new-generation Tucson will be revealed next week, but it reportedly won’t have a Tucson N performance flagship.

If you were looking forward to Hyundai stepping up to take on performance mid-size SUVs with a full-fat Tucson N, there’s a new report that claims the flagship won’t happen, despite being heavily rumoured.

According to Korean Car Blog, the Tucson N will not form part of the new-generation Tucson range that will be revealed on September 15.

The South Korean publication had previously reported details on the Tucson N, including its version of Hyundai’s new 2.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, which supposedly had “at least” 254kW of power and an unknown amount of torque.

However, Korean Car Blog has now clarified the ‘document’ it cited in the past was incorrect, with a separate source confirming the next Tucson range will instead be topped by a sporty Tucson N-Line with a 213kW/422Nm tune of the supposed Tucson N’s engine.

The Tucson N-Line has been heavily rumoured, too, and in more detail than the Tucson N, but given Hyundai already produces such a model in current-generation form, it’s almost a sure bet at this stage.

Expect the Tucson N-Line to combine an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with an all-wheel-drive system for hotter-than-warm bursts of acceleration.

Meanwhile, the ‘regular’ Tucson range is likely be available with new turbocharged four-cylinder engine options, including a 132kW/265Nm 1.6-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel that’s yet to have its outputs detailed. A ‘self-charging’ hybrid version of the former is also set to be offered, producing 169kW/350Nm.

So, why no Tucson N after all? The South Korean publication says the Tucson is not the type of vehicle that’s driven on track, so it doesn’t need a version that rivals performance mid-size SUVs, a mainstream segment of which is emerging with the likes of the 235kW Volkswagen Tiguan R.

Interestingly, Hyundai will still introduce a performance SUV soon, except it will be of the small variety, with the Kona N to launch as part of the facelifted Kona range.