Elantra N Line Will Give Hyundai's Small Sedan a Dash of Sport


Sportier versions of smallish family sedans are nothing new, but Korean brands have seldom explored this path in their lineups. This will change soon for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra, as its parent company readies the N Line version of the latest Elantra that debuted back in March.

Hyundai isn't being shy about its appearance, and weeks after first giving camouflaged glimpses of the variant the automaker has dropped the camo entirely. This is our first complete look at the sporty version of Hyundai's family sedan, sporting a much more aggressive front fascia and larger 18-inch alloy wheels.


Starting with the grille, the Elantra N Line features a redesigned, angular mesh pattern along with N Line badging on the far right side of the grille, while large air intakes with boomerang-shaped details sit below the headlights. Viewed from the front, the N Line version of the Elantra features prominent C-shaped design elements bookending the front fascia and giving it a wider, more planted appearance.

"Elantra N Line offers a more aggressive design that incorporates N Line’s signature red accents inside and out at an attractive price," said Thomas Schemera, executive vice president and head of product division at Hyundai. "This will definitely satisfy those who are looking to join the Hyundai N community."



Out back, the N Line Elantra features a redesigned rear fascia, placing its twin tailpipes on the right side of the car. A diffuser of sorts sits below the redesigned rear bumper, which now has a slightly flatter appearance, while the trunklid features a lip spoiler. The list of exterior modifications is likely to include redesigned side skirts as well, in addition to other small touches.

Expect the Elanta N Line to offer a lowered ride height along with these cosmetic changes, but the main event will be under the hood: The N Line is likely to offer the turbocharged 1.6-liter Gamma T-GDI engine, good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, which we've seen in a number of other models. This could dial up the sedan's top output from 147 hp, offered by the base 2.0-liter inline-four, bringing the Elantra into the 200-hp club.


When will we see this model on sale?


Hyundai is expected to introduce the Elantra N Line in a matter of weeks, joining the lineup in showrooms this year as a 2021 model.


By THEREWXNDZ

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