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Motoring.com.au in Australia is reporting that Hyundai is considering a sportier version of its upcoming pickup truck to take on the Ford Ranger Raptor.

I know Hyundai was looking to make its own pickup, but I had no idea they were planning something like this. The truck could be powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 301 horsepower (225 kilowatts) and reach 60 mph in around 7 seconds.

Here's the full article:
Hyundai looks set to deliver a faster, better handling variant of its first pick-up truck due in 2021 following comments from Hyundai N boss, Albert Biermann.

When carsales asked if he planned to create an N version of the Korean brand’s forthcoming answer to the Toyota HiLux, which will also spawn a Kia ute by 2022, Biermann replied:

“You have to be ready for everything from Hyundai and Kia, everything things is possible.

“So there’s no limitations.”

Paving the way for a Ford Ranger Raptor rival is the sales success of the Blue Oval’s wild Baja-channeling ute, which has shocked many car execs despite its towering $75,000-plus price tag.

Set to be based on the pick-up truck that is currently being developed by Kia and Hyundai, the N ute is expected to follow in the Raptor’s wake by offering long-travel race-truck-style suspension, aggressive looks and more power.

Hotly tipped to motivate the Hyundai N pick-up is a more powerful version of the i30 N’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that could push out around 225kW.

Despite the extra weight, a 0-100km/h of less than seven seconds is feasible, meaning the Hyundai N ute will humble the Ford for straight-line performance, if Biermann’s bosses green-light the pick-up for production.

As far as other N models in the pipeline, the former BMW M boss said a hatchback smaller than the i30 N is on the way and it will almost certainly be based on the i20.

Biermann also said that after its launch an SUV model based on the footprint of the i30 N would follow, making it likely to be the Tucson N.

In the future an N-fettled battery-powered production EV will also be offered by Hyundai, but Biermann refused to confirm when due to internal concerns within the Hyundai that buyers are “not ready yet” for such a vehicle.
 
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