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Would you buy a new Hyundai Tucson N 2021 if it looked like this?

The Tucson N render needs very little to turn the aggression up on Hyundai’s mid-size SUV. (Image: KDesign AG)

Hyundai’s new-generation Tucson mid-size SUV has long been rumoured to receive the go-fast N treatment, but could this be what it ends up looking like?

The new render from KDesign AG imagines what little actually needs to be done to turn the already in-your-face fourth-generation Tucson into a genuine Mazda CX-5 Turbo beater.

Adopting a few styling cues from the Kona N Line, the imagined Tucson N wears a sporty front bumper and aggressive foglight design to match its Lego-block-like headlights and front grille.

Surprisingly, the already-aggressive side profile is left relative untouched, but the bright red paintwork is contrasted with darkened fender flares, roof and lower side mouldings.

Tinted tail-lights also give the supposed Tucson N a more menacing look, while a more prominent rear diffuser and twin-exhaust outlets are also fitted on the render.

Hyundai is still yet to confirm the existence of the hot mid-size SUV, with reports recently surfacing that the Tucson N will not be built and the range will instead be topped by an N Line variant.

The rumoured Tucson N was supposedly to get a 254kW-plus 2.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that would have blown rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 out of the water.

The N Line on the other hand, is likely to score the same engine with a 213kW/422Nm tune paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system – which will still comfortably outmuscle the 170kW/420Nm Mazda CX-5 Turbo and incoming 183kW/387Nm Ford Escape.

For reference, the local line-up of the fourth-gen Tucson will launch in the first half of 2021 and initially be offered with a 1.6- and 2.0-litre turbo-petrol, or 2.0-litre diesel engine.