Think Hyundai Elantra, and immediately you think of a stylish sedan that's practical, comfortable, and relatively packed with features. That's all well and good, but the Elantra is no longer being offered in the country as Hyundai Philippines has discontinued the sedan. We missed out on seeing the 2019 facelift, as well as the bolder-looking seventh-generation model which was revealed last year.
And if they don't relaunch it, it looks the Philippine market will also miss out on seeing the most powerful version of Hyundai's C-segment sedan. After revealing camouflaged images of the Elantra N late last year, Hyundai has officially revealed the first teaser images of the high-performance sedan. It will serve as the brand's latest N model and will join the likes of the Kona N, i20N, i30 N, and the Veloster N
The company has yet to reveal the hot sedan in full, but based on the images provided, it will have a race car-inspired look, along with several upgrades exclusive only to the Elantra N. It gets a trunk-mounted spoiler at the back, along with huge exhaust pipes. Then there are the snowflake-inspired alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. We can also see that it has red Hyundai N-branded brake calipers for added stopping power.
To remind everyone that this is indeed a Hyundai N, this particular Elantra will also be available in the brand's signature Performance Blue paint finish, complete with red accents on the front and rear bumpers, as well as on the side skirts.
As for what's under the hood, the Elantra N is expected to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four derived from the Veloster N. With that, we can expect this high-performance sedan to pack 275 PS and 392 Nm of torque. It can then be paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Other key upgrades the sedan will get include adaptive dampers, and a limited-slip differential for better traction.
“Elantra N is a high-performance sedan that reveals the sportier side of our exceptional all-new Elantra through exciting N brand enhancements. We designed it to be a race-proven sportscar with dynamic driving capabilities and style that performance enthusiasts love. I can’t wait to unveil Elantra N, an outstanding addition to the N brand lineup that offers pulse-pounding performance. Stay tuned for the digital world premiere,” said Till Wartenberg, vice president of N brand Management & Motorsport sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company.
The company has yet to reveal when they are going to launch the Elantra N. But given that they have already given us a glimpse of the car itself, our best guess is we're just a few weeks away from its digital reveal. The Subaru WRX may want to watch its back once Hyundai unleashes the Elantra N.