Four months ago, we saw Hyundai reveal the 2021 Elantra. The all-new sedan features a more aggressive look thanks to the new Sensuous Sportiness design language, jewel-pattern Cascading Grille, reshaped headlights and taillights, and coupe-like shape. It also now has a sportier-looking interior, additional safety features, as well as an optional hybrid powertrain.
Now, Hyundai has revealed the first images of the more powerful (and sportier) Elantra N Line. First teased by the automaker last April via camouflaged models, the latest variant of the 2021 Elantra will serve as the 'performance' version of the compact sedan.
Based on the initial photos, the sportier-looking compact gets huge 18-inch alloy wheels, larger disc brakes, a motorsport-inspired air intake, and N Line badging all around. Meanwhile, the side mirrors, window accents, and side skirts are all finished in the N brand signature gloss black paint. As a final touch, the rear gets a diffuser and a single twin-exhaust.
Hyundai is still mum about the Elantra N Line Sport's powertrain. The company did mention though that this Elantra will come with a turbocharged heart. Our best guess is that it will be similar to the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four found in the Kia Forte GT which makes an impressive 204 PS and 265 Nm of torque. With those kinds of output figures, the Elantra N Line can easily beat out the Civic RS Turbo, as well as other compact sedans. The Elantra N Line will also come with chassis upgrades, but like the powertrain, Hyundai has not yet gone to specifics.
Once the Elantra N Line is officially revealed, the sedan will join Hyundai's growing list of N Line models which includes the Tucson, and the i10. Should it be available in the Philippines in the not so distant future, expect it to have a sibling rivalry with the Kia Forte GT.