After the introduction of the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, wild rumors of a hotter N Line model resulted in Hyundai soon announcing a Sonata N Line was arriving.
The new sport sedan is due as a 2021 model in showrooms this fall and now we have our first look from leaked images shared on the Korean Car Blog.
The Sonata N Line will mount a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 with a output of 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque according to the report. Drive will only be to the front wheels, via a standard dual-clutch 8-speed transmission.
Everything about the Sonata N Line Hyundai has said is that it will come with “about 275 hp.”
Remember, in the 2021 Genesis G80 and GV80, where it is rated at 300 hp, the engine of the car is the same 2.5-liter turbo-4 offered.
Apart from the increase in power, sport-tuned suspension, bigger brakes, 19-inch wheels and quad-exhaust tips are all set for the Sonata N Line. There will also be sporty interior and exterior styling treatments. For driver and front passenger one of the things should be N-badged bucket seats.
Since the guy overseeing N vehicles and head of research and development at Hyundai, Albert Biermann, formerly head of BMW’s M division, we have high expectations for a Sonata N Line. He’s also helped make cars like the Kia Stinger and the Genesis G70 a reality — and real performance challenges. If compact performance is your thing, Hyundai has also covered you with the Elantra N Line coming in 2021 for 201-hp. There’s also a hot Kona N testing out, which we could finally see for the model year 2022.