A month after giving us a sneak peek at the all-new Elantra N Line, Hyundai has officially launched the high-performance version of its next-generation sedan, and it’s as sporty as advertised.
Right off the bat, you’ll see that the N Line variant has a much deeper and wider grille and more aggressive-looking air intakes than the standard Elantra. The rear end, meanwhile, gets a bulkier bumper and new twin exhaust pipes. No changes have been made to the side profile, but the car does get a new set of sleek 18-inch alloy wheels.
The real highlight here, however, can be found under the hood. The Elantra N Line packs a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This mill generates 54hp and 85Nm more than the one on the ‘regular’ Elantra, boasting a maximum output of 201hp and 264Nm of torque.
For even more optimized performance, the Elantra N Line also gets paddle shifters and a ‘Drive Mode Selector’ system. It also gets more sporty aesthetic elements with a dark-themed interior accentuated with subtle red contrasts all around. There’s also a leather-wrapped perforated N steering wheel, N sport seats with leather bolsters, a gearshifter with metal and leather trim, and alloy pedals.
Hyundai has also announced that it will be unveiling the new turbocharged Sonata N Line following this launch. Plus, it has confirmed that the Elantra Hybrid will go on sale in Korea in the third quarter of 2020—this was the same model revealed during the sedan’s global launch back in April. This hybrid model is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a 32kW electric motor, for a total system output of 139hp and 264Nm of torque.
Anyway, what do you think of the new Elantra N Line? If Hyundai ends up launching the next-generation Elantra here in our market, should the performance version arrive with it, too?