Hyundai has growing ambitions to develop a high-performance sub-brand and new N division boss Albert Biermann is thinking big. We've already heard plenty about Hyundai's forthcoming i30 N hot hatchback, but that could be just the beginning according to a report from Drive.
In an interview, Biermann explained there were “no limitations” and that the i30 N would merely be the first of many high-performance Hyundais. Among those models likely to receive a makeover in the near future are a coupe version of the i30 and an all-new Veloster, slated for next year (possibly for a return to the UK). But intriguingly, Biermann also strongly hinted at a performance variant of the company’s popular Tucson sport utility vehicle, revealing he felt it was a good platform “to make a high-performance SUV”.
Buyers are certainly flocking to crossovers and SUVs in record numbers. While passenger car sales have weakened recently, SUVs are showing little signs of dropping off. And it’s not like performance variants of dedicated SUVs are unheard of these days, lest we forget the recent Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with comfortable seating for five, plenty of boot space – oh, and a 707-horsepower supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8 under the bonnet.
Of course, at this point, such things are just talk. The smart move for Hyundai would be to see how buyers respond to the i30 N once it finally hits showrooms, which should be later this year. But if its launch is successful, it sounds like there's every chance a hot Tucson N could be among the follow-ups.