The new 290hp Hyundai Sonata N Line is not your typical midsize sedan

The punchy engine gets an eight-speed DCT gearbox to boot
by Leandre Grecia | Nov 9, 2020
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If you’ve been waiting for the full reveal of the Sonata N Line, here it is. A couple of months after its initial preview, Hyundai has now officially unveiled the performance-oriented variant of this midsize sedan.

Let’s skip all the bits we’ve already seen before and head straight to what’s under the hood. Here, the Sonata packs a 2.5-liter Smartstream turbocharged GDi engine. This mill produces 290hp and 421Nm of torque, which is a significant upgrade from the 178hp and 150hp engines fitted in the regular version.

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In the Sonata N Line, this powertrain is mated to an N eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. This is the same high-performance gearbox that debuted in the Veloster N a while back. This gearbox boasts features such as rev-matching and N Power Shift, which enables smooth and fast downshifting.

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The Sonata N Line also sports a tuned suspension that supposedly provides a comfortable ride while promising precise handling. The car’s chassis has also been made stiffer for better on-road grip, and the rack-mounted power steering system allows for improved responsiveness.

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In addition to these, the sedan has also been equipped with added niceties such as paddle shifters, a drive mode selector, and a launch function to aid in performance. There are also some safety and driver-assist technologies like forward, blind-spot, and parking collision-avoidance assist, advanced smart cruise control with stop-and-go function, and lane-keeping and follow assist.

“Hyundai has built a loyal following for Sonata by offering an array of reliable, fuel-efficient and attractively designed models, including the standard, hybrid and ‘Sensuous’ variants,” said Hyundai Motor Group executive vice president and product division head Thomas Schemera. “Now, Sonata N Line joins the lineup, satisfying the desire for dynamic performance.”

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What do you make of Hyundai’s new sporty sedan? If you had to pick from the range, would you opt for the Sonata N Line?

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