Hyundai Elantra N Line Debuts With 201 HP And Meaner Looks

Andrew Cummings
August 14, 2020

This is it, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line has finally been unveiled, almost four months since the Korean automaker dropped its teaser images.

According to the South Korean automaker, it has made "several mechanical improvements to Elantra's suspension to increase stiffness for a gripping performance" but has yet to specify precisely what changes have been made. Somewhat similar to BMW's M Performance models, Hyundai's N Line cars are a step up from the standard vehicle in terms of styling and performance, but are not as extreme as full-fledged N models.

So, what are the key things to know about the spiced-up Elantra N Line?

Sporty touches inside include N sport seats, a bespoke steering wheel with metallic spokes, metal accents on the gear knob and alloy pedals.

Hyundai has taken the wraps off its new Elantra N Line in North America, giving its seventh-generation sedan a mite more power and sportier styling.

Interestingly, the company furthermore plans to roll out a range of N performance parts for this variant, created to "provide a more dynamic driving experience beyond the base model". Side skirts accentuate the low and wide looks, while the rear now sports an integrated spoiler and twin chrome exhaust tips, plus an N-Line rear diffuser. If the outgoing Elantra GT N Line offers any indication, pricing should start somewhere at or just under $25,000. With the launch Elantra N Line, Hyundai also plans to launch the Elantra Hybrid in Korea during the third quarter of 2020 and sales in global markets will follow soon after.

As for safety, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) are available. It is the first new Elantra hybrid in 11 years since the launch of Elantra LPI Hybrid in 2009.

Incidentally Hyundai is also working on an N Line version of the larger Sonata sedan, and this one will come with Hyundai's 2.5-litre turbocharged GDI engine. The combined system output will be 139 horsepower and 195 lb. -ft. of torque for that model.

The big difference with the Hyundai Elantra N Line is under the hood. "The expanded selection will help solidify Elantra's position in the compact sedan segment".

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