When Hyundai first revealed the 2021 Sonata earlier this year, it got a very sporty makeover thanks to the new N-Line variant. Compared to the standard sedan, you could even say the N-Line look very much like an aggressive sports sedan. The problem was, however, that it didn't have the power to match.
Yes, no performance upgrades were made to the 2021 Sonata N Line at the time. The most powerful engine option available produced a mere 192 HP and 245 Nm torque. Now, Hyundai has finally given the sporty-looking sedan the proper drivetrain it deserves – a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a total of 290 HP and 422 Nm torque. All that power is then sent to the wheels via a new N 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission – the same one found in the Veloster N.
Aside from the engine and transmission, Hyundai also made changes to the suspension to improve handling. It has a quick steering rack, N-tuned dampers, and stiffer mounts. Though it's hard to tell, larger brakes were fitted as well.
On the outside, it is very much similar to what Hyundai showed earlier this year. It has a revised front and rear fascia, a boot lip spoiler, a quad-exhaust system, and 19-inch wheels. If the more aggressive exterior isn't enough, N-Line badging will let others on the road know this isn't your basic Sonata. It's the same story inside the cabin. The factory seats have been replaced with bucket seats with an N design. Red contrast stitching gives the interior a sportier look and feel.
Unfortunately, Hyundai didn't share the performance figures and acceleration time of the 290 HP Sonata. Considering it has 98 HP more and nearly double the torque, it should be quicker against the standard Sonata.
Hyundai Philippines has yet to announce if they will be bringing back the Sonata since they quietly discontinued it. Hopefully, they offer the 290 HP Sonata N-Line if they ever decide to offer the midsize sedan once more.