New N should be quicker, more agile
33 lbs cut by switch to new wheels
The 2024 Hyundai Elantra N might get overshadowed by the Ioniq 5 version, but that doesn’t mean it’s not getting upgrades. Beyond the new styling, there are steering, suspension, and software changes that should all make this hot sedan even better.
Hyundai’s facelift is more or less what we’ve already seen on the standard Elantra. A thin light bar and new headlights up front, but here there is a more aggressive fascia. The wheels are new, as are the rear bumper and rear fascia, but there is still a big rear wing.
Chassis changes are more significant, starting with new engine mounts that reduce vibration and improve agility. The G-bushings have been reinforced for better response when turning and more precise steering, and the rear suspension mountings are now urethane instead of rubber.
Hyundai also changed the steering box, with tighter tolerances to help make it feel more direct and a new universal joint Hyundai says increases feel.
N engineers revised the adaptive damper settings to go along with the hardware changes. The steering software has also been tweaked to make everything work in harmony. If that’s not enough, the new wheels are a total of 33 lbs lighter, which should make a massive difference to every aspect of the ride.
Those changes to the front bumper are functional, not just aesthetic. Hyundai said that a new duct sends more air to the radiator for better cooling in extreme conditions. There are new vents in the bumper that funnel air over the brakes for cooling as well.
The 2.0L turbo-four making 276 hp carries over from last year.
No word yet on pricing, but the 2024 Hyundai Elantra N will hit dealers in January.