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NewsHyundai Could Add Hybrid Models to its N Lineup

Hyundai Could Add Hybrid Models to its N Lineup

Hyundai could make hybrid versions of its next N models.

  • These hybrids could help sustain N models where electrification is less popular.

  • A hybrid version of the Elantra N could be one of the first to be launched.

  • Approval has yet to be granted for this project by Hyundai.

In addition to gasoline and electric powertrains, Hyundai N cars could gain hybrid options in the coming years.

Indeed, Albert Biermann, Executive Technical Advisor to Hyundai and former chief of the N brand, says he is pushing for a new compact model powered by a hybrid system.

According to him, this would help make the transition from gasoline to electric power smoother for the automaker, especially in markets where electric vehicles are not as popular as in Europe and North America.

While Hyundai itself hasn’t approved the project yet, making a hybrid N powertrain might not be too difficult since the Korean automaker is already working on new hybrid models, notably for the Genesis luxury brand.

2025 Hyundai Ioniq 5 N | Photo: Hyundai

Further pointing toward a hybrid N car is the fact that Biermann has previously announced that the new Elantra N will be powered by the company’s turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder engine in place of the current 2.0L unit.

Given that this 2.5L engine will be the starting point of the upcoming Genesis hybrid powertrain, it would probably be fairly easy to offer both the gasoline-only and the hybrid options in future N models.

In addition, the current Elantra is already available with a hybrid powertrain, which means that there are provisions in the design of the platform and body for all of the required components, including the battery.

However, Biermann says that there is still work to be done to develop a hybrid powertrain that would generate the sort of output that is expected from N cars, especially now that the Ioniq 5 N EV has pushed the bar higher with its 641-horsepower output.

2024 Hyundai Elantra N | Photo: Hyundai

Hybrid vehicles seem to be getting a second lease on life, with many automakers announcing new hybrid models to be launched over the next few years, including Hyundai and Kia.

This could be due to the slowdown of the EV market which has been observed for a few months now, leading automakers to reconsider their previous decisions of going straight from gasoline-only power to fully electric.

Therefore, hybrid models could act as a stepping stone for buyers who aren’t quite ready for a full EV transition while also contributing to an overall reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

It will be interesting to see if Hyundai chooses to take this path in the electrification of its N lineup of if it decides to continue with fully electric models only.

Source: Drive

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