The dust had barely settled on the reveal of the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata In New York and talks of a boosted N-Line performance version were already circulating.
Just a few days ago, Hyundai lifted the wraps off their all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan. The well-known turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine, de-tuned to 180-horsepower, found in numerous other Hyundai products will serve as the standard mill in Canada. The US will get a new 2.5-litre 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated unit as well.
While the coming of a hybrid version before long was expected for the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata, an N-Line in our near future is a nice surprise. Truth be told, all automotive media had likely guessed that such an edition was in the works.
According to Brian Smith, Hyundai Motor America’s COO, the Sonata N Line will be “a high-performance, turbocharged Sonata,” with “over 275 hp.” The Hyundai Veloster N’s turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder is a very likely candidate for the job. It actually produces 275-horsepower (and 260 lb.-ft. of torque). With little effort, we’re convinced Hyundai engineers will manage to massage another 20- to 30-horsepower out of this engine.
Assumingly, a Sonata N-Line will receive a number of go-fast bits to along with the engine. We’re thinking adaptive dampers, high-performance brakes, tasteful aero, a limited-slip differential and, and we promise we’re not high, a 6-speed manual transmission on FWD versions.
Why specify FWD? Rumour has it that AWD is a real possibility for the new 2020 Hyundai Sonata. If the N-Line turns out with all four wheels working, there’s a 102% chance that it will be automatic.
We’ve got no pricing or dates for the N-Line however the new 2020 Sonata should arrive in showrooms in late 2019.