Hyundai has given the Sonata mid-size sedan a shot of adrenaline. No, they didn't make a high-performance version. Instead, it's a visual upgrade from the standard models. It's called the Sonata N-Line, and it gets a sportier look.
So what did Hyundai do to the Sonata N-Line? Like most sporty upgrades, it gets larger corner air intakes and a more aggressive grille treatment. There's a deeper front chin to make it look lower to the ground. Also, subtle N-Line badges are on the car, from the grille, fenders, and trunk lid.
Other sporting bits? Most of the chrome was replaced with gloss black trim. It also comes with side skirts to give it that lowered look. Unique to the Sonata N-Line is a subtle trunk lip spoiler, along with a bumper diffuser. Quad exhausts are also part of the package, and, of course, it has a larger and sportier set of alloy wheels.
Hyundai didn't just leave the N-Line goodies for the exterior. The cabin also gets a few upgrades for good measure. There are the red highlights on the seats and door trims, which seems to be the norm for anything with a sporty look. N-Line logos are stitched on the seats, and there are also badges on the steering wheel and just below the gear selector.
As mentioned, there are no performance upgrades done under the hood. Depending on where it is sold, the Sonata N-Line is available with a 1.6-liter turbo, 2.0-liter, or 2.5-liter engine. The most powerful option, for now, packs 192 PS and 245 Nm of torque, not bad for a relatively large sedan.
That said, Hyundai has confirmed that there will be a high-performance version of the Sonata coming soon. According to the manufacturer, it will come with a 2.5-liter turbo engine with at least 275 PS. Now that's the version we're looking forward to in the future.