201 hp, independent rear for the fun to drive Elantra
New Sonata N Line coming later this year
Adding to the company’s growing line of cars with a little more bite, the latest N car from Hyundai is the 2021 Elantra N Line. It puts the brand’s 1.6L turbo four that we last saw in the Elantra Sport into the latest version of the compact sedan along with some suspension stiffening and some bigger front brakes.
The Hyundai Elantra N Line starts by adding a more intricate pattern to the new car’s already sharp-looking grille. Below that opening are new arrow-shaped “air curtains” that look cool while boosting engine cooling. At the side are 18-inch wheels along with new side skirt extensions that wear a shiny black finish like the mirror caps. At the back there’s a twin-exhaust, spoiler, and diffuser, and there are N badges scattered around the car.
Since it’s just an N Line, not a full N car like the Veloster, this one doesn’t get the Veloster’s more powerful engine. But the 1.6L turbo that makes 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque should give this car Civic Si-like performance even if it doesn’t reach toward the Type R.
The gearbox is a seven-speed dual-clutch unit with paddles behind the perforated leather steering wheel. The interior’s finished up with a drive mode selector, more heavily bolstered front seats, and alloy pedals, as well as a full range of driver assistance features and wireless versions of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The suspension is upgraded to a multi-link setup in the rear, which should add to the car’s cornering capability, and, more importantly, how it feels in those curves. The whole suspension’s tuned with extra stiffness, tool, and the hot sedan will get bigger front brakes to make sure they’re there when you need them.
Hyundai’s also got some N performance parts in the wings, letting drivers make the car even more dynamic, but for now they’re only available in Korea. If you want a bigger N Line car, though, Hyundai says there will be a Sonata N Line with a 2.5L turbo-four soon. Expect both to launch this year.