Hyundai Tucson N Is Coming, Says Hyundai N Boss

N versions of the Accent and Veloster also expected, but don’t hold your breath for an M5-baiting Genesis G80 N-ytime soon.

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Hyundai Tucson N Is Coming, Says Hyundai N Boss © Hyundai Tucson N Is Coming, Says Hyundai N Boss

We've already seen Hyundai's upcoming i30 (aka Elantra GT) N hot hatch spiritedly driven across the UK countryside. While that car is set to be unveiled later this year, a recent report tells us that many more Hyundais will be getting the N treatment—including the Korean automaker's crossovers such as the Tucson and Santa Fe.

Talking to Australia's Drive (no relation), Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann says the i30 N will only be the first in a slew of N-ified Hyundais; specifically, hot versions of the upcoming i30 Coupe and second-generation Veloster, among others. 

Considering Biermann's previous job heading up BMW's M division, a firm that brought us the X5 and X6 M, the above sentiment doesn't come as all that out of the ordinary. 

Speaking specifically on the Tucson, Biermann calls it "very relaxed, very comfortable to drive, but to have an N version requires a lot of power, nice transmission, nice handling, sportier tyres and lowered body." Biermann adds, "We can have a very good business with SUVs. We have a good platform with the Tucson to make a high-performance SUV."

Despite Hyundai's "N all of the cars" approach to sport-ification, Biermann ruled out plans of making N versions of the Genesis luxury range to take on his old German colleagues at BMW M, Mercedes-AMG, et al. 

Interesting. That space was getting a little crowded anyways, I guess.

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