Hyundai is giving us our first look at the new 2021 Elantra N Line, which is set to join the model line-up as a performance-focused variant. According to the carmaker, N Line cars are positioned between the base and N models, the latter of which includes the i30 N and Veloster N.
The Elantra N Line is therefore akin to BMW’s M Performance models, offering heightened levels of performance but not to a degree as extreme as the full-fat N cars. While we don’t have detailed information about the new model, the sedan is said to come with chassis upgrades and a turbocharged engine.
The latter could likely be a 1.6 litre four-cylinder from the 2020 Elantra GT N Line sold in the United States (the market’s i30), which packs 201 hp and 264 Nm of torque. In the five-door hatchback, the mill drives the front wheels via a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Based on paddle shifters seen in the teaser video, the DCT is a definite for the model.
The Elantra N Line will also get some distinct visual bits to make it stand out from a base Elantra, with the camouflaged unit seen here sporting a dual exhaust setup, complete with piped-in engine noise, while other highlights should include a sportier body kit, model-specific alloys and a lowered suspension.
When launched, the Hyundai sports sedan will compete against the likes of the Honda Civic Si Sedan and Volkswagen Jetta GLI. There are also rumours that a proper Elantra N model is in the works, with a larger 2.0 litre turbo engine from the upcoming Kona N that develops 275 hp.
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