Hyundai unveiled the seventh-gen Elantra earlier this year, but the saga is not complete as the hot Elantra N will follow it.
Set to slot above the Elantra N Line, it will act as the range-topper of the lineup, setting itself apart with the sporty body kit, interior upgrades, re-tuned chassis and a punchy motor.
The sporty sedan will follow in the footsteps of the i30 N and Veloster N, sporting redesigned bumpers with larger air intakes at the front, bulkier side skirts, a unique diffuser incorporating the dual exhaust tips and a wing, as well as bespoke wheels.
We can expect a few upgrades over the rest of the range inside as well, like sports front seats and special upholstery and trim.
Boasting a re-tuned suspension that will improve its cornering abilities, as well as bigger brakes to help it stop better, the Elantra N will, in all likelihood, pack the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that, in all likelihood, will be the same used in the i30 N and Veloster N. As a result, it is understood to pump put as much as 275-horsepower and be mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission, although those who’d rather change gears by hand could get a six-speed manual gearbox too.
In the latest teaser, Hyundai said that the Elantra N will arrive in 2021, so it will probably launch as a 2022 model in the U.S.
“Elantra N is an outstanding addition to the N brand lineup in that it offers pulse-pounding performance in a practical four-door package,” said Hyundai’s Executive VP and chief of Product Division, Thomas Schemera. “Elantra N is undergoing final development now, including validation at Nurburgring, so we can deliver a car that enthusiasts will love in 2021. Once launched, it will be the flag-bearer of the Elantra lineup.”