2022 Hyundai Tucson Widens Appeal With Plug-In, N Line Models

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For 2022, Hyundai is broadening the appeal of its Tucson compact SUV on both ends of the spectrum, adding a new plug-in hybrid variant and a sport-oriented N Line model. While we already know much about the regular gas-powered version and hybrid model, including pricing, the automaker today released new details about the plug-in and N Line variants. 

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N Line

Not to be confused with Hyundai’s performance-oriented N (no “line”) sub-brand, the Tucson N Line adds interior and exterior enhancements to give it a sportier look, but there are no mechanical upgrades to sportify the driving experience. 

Outside, the Tucson N Line  wears extras such as an N Line-specific grille, front bumper, rear spoiler and badges, along with black headlamp bezels, special 19-inch black alloy wheels, black side mirrors and window surrounds, and dual tailpipes. Exterior colors for the N Line are Ash Black, White Pearl, Titan Gray or Red Crimson, with the red an exclusive color to the N Line. 

The N Line starts at the Tucson’s SEL trim with the Convenience Package and adds interior upgrades such as black leather sport seats with cloth inserts, red door and seat stitching, a black headliner, metal pedals and door sill plates, a Bose premium audio system and lots of N Line badges. 

Plug-In Hybrid

The Tucson Plug-in Hybrid joins the gas-only and regular Tucson Hybrid. It uses a version of the hybrid’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic transmission, adding a larger battery pack good for 13.8 kilowatt-hours of power. Total combined system horsepower is 261 hp, a bump from the hybrid’s 226-hp rating. All-wheel drive is standard, and Hyundai says the PHEV will have a tow rating of 2,000 pounds. 

Hyundai expects the Tucson Plug-in Hybrid to have an all-electric driving range of 32 miles and a fuel economy rating of 70 mpg-equivalent; once the battery is depleted, Hyundai says the it should have an estimated combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg. The automaker also says it should be able to recharge in less than two hours at a Level 2 station using its 7.2-kilowatt onboard charger. 

The 2022 Tucson N Line and Tucson Plug-in Hybrid models will be manufactured in South Korea and hit dealers in the spring and summer of 2021, respectively.

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