We take a closer look at the spiced up Hyundai Elantra N Line

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Hyundai has been pushing pretty Elantra numbers over the past three years, with sales comprising between 175,000 and 200,000 units sold yearly. It’s no surprise then that the South Koreans gave the greenlight to a more attractive, N-badged iteration of the Elantra sedan, albeit not in the same verve as a fully-fledged N car, but dressed in what Hyundai calls the N Line treatment.

So, what changes on the outside?

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan Exterior
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Before we get to the heart of the N Line, here’s a little context. Hyundai has no less than six trims available for the U.S. 2021 Elantra. Those are:

  • SE
  • SEL
  • Value Edition
  • Eco
  • Limited
  • Sport

With the N Line, Hyundai highlights is intentions to “solidify Elantra’s position in the compact sedan segment” but the real meaning of that is an attempt to lure in customers wanting for a more in-your-face design approach with more attention to detail.

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In that respect, the Elantra N Line falls under the influence of Hyundai N’s ‘low and wide’ design philosophy.

Concretely, what’s changed affects the cascade grille (it not features a more complex geometric pattern) and the lower fascia, courtesy of arrow-shaped air curtains that work two-fold: 1) they offer some aero goodness while cooling the engine and 2) they reinforce the idea of high performance.

Also redesigned are the side skirts and the 18-inch wheels, coupled with gloss black plastic bits of trim scattered around the wheel wells, side mirrors, and the said side skirts. In the back, the new additions include a twin chrome exhaust and an N Line diffuser.

What powers the Elantra N Line?

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan Drivetrain
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The Elantra N Line gets the familiar 1.6-liter GDI turbo engine, boltable to either a six-speed manual or a seven speed DCT (dual clutch transmission).

Power output reaches 201 horsepower, while torque comes in at 195 pound-feet. This is the same engine and setup found inside the Hyundai Elantra Sport.

The other engine options, unavailable for the N Line, though, are a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-liter inline-four mill (147 horsepower, 132 pound-feet of torque) and a turbocharged inline-four displacing 1.4 liters (128 horsepower, 156 pound-feet of torque).

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan Exterior
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Other than that, Hyundai tells us that its engineers stiffened the suspension setup and added the afore-mentioned 18 inchers as well as larger brake rotors on the front wheels.

Hyundai Elantra N Line - Essential Specs
Engine l-4, turbo
Displacement 1.6 liters
Power 201 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve train DOHC 16-valve
Fuel system Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Transmission 7-speed EcoShift DCT or 6-speed manual
Fuel consumption 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway/29 mph combined
Fuel tank capacity 14 gallons
Cargo volume 14.4 cubic feet

How about the Elantra N Line’s interior?

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan Interior
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The cabin stays pretty much the same design-wise, except for a few sporty details, such as the paddle shifters and the drive mode selector setup. In terms of materials, there’s a leather-wrapped (and perforated) N steering wheel adorned by metallic spokes, N sport seats with leather bolsters, and metallic accents on the gearshift, as well as alloy pedals.

What’s more, customers get a Hyundai digital key, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Final Word

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Sedan Exterior
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We’re still waiting for an official price tag associated with the Hyundai Elantra N Line, but while that pops up, know that the carmaker is also poised to launch a hybrid version of the Elantra, powered by a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine and a 32-kilowatt electric motor fed by a 1.32-kWh battery pack for a total of 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and an EPA rating fuel economy of over 50 mpg.

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Hyundai Motor Company today launches the new Elantra N Line. The new model is designed and engineered to deliver more enhanced driving fun to the bold new Elantra that launched in April. The N Line model, characterized by N specific design and performance-enhancing elements, offers an attractive entry point to the Hyundai’s high-performance N Brand lineup and will expand Elantra’s appeal to a broader range of customers.

Elantra N Line delivers a spirited driving experience, powered by a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged engine with six-speed manual or seven-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) that produces up to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft torque. Hyundai engineers implemented several mechanical improvements to Elantra’s suspension to increase stiffness for a gripping performance, aided by 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-link independent rear suspension and larger front brake rotors.

Driver-oriented features, such as paddle shifters and Drive Mode Selector system, enable a racing-inspired experience behind the wheel. Interior design elements, including a leather-wrapped perforated N steering wheel with metallic spokes, N sport seats with leather bolsters, gearshift with metal accents and leather inserts, and alloy pedals, complement Elantra’s sporty exterior styling.

N Line design elements complement a dynamic driving experience

Elantra N Line’s ‘low and wide’ exterior styling and ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design theme imparts a look of sophisticated sportiness. Elantra’s cascade grille gets a more aggressive look with an N Line badge and intricate geometric pattern. Arrow-shaped air curtains on the lower fascia support aerodynamic performance and engine cooling while giving the model a high-performance image.

Elantra N Line’s sporty side skirts and 18-inch alloy wheels accentuate the fastback sedan’s low and wide aesthetic. From the side, the car’s dynamic styling is defined by arrow-like creases in its body panels that suggest forward motion. Glossy black molding on the wheel wells, side-view mirrors and side skirts provide a touch of modern sophistication to the overall appearance.

Elantra N Line’s fastback profile merges with a sculpted rear, designed to enhance aerodynamic performance and further express the low and wide aesthetic through horizontal lines. The integrated spoiler, chrome twin exhaust and N Line rear diffuser add to the car’s performance-inspired styling.

Hyundai also launched N performance parts for those who want to further customize Hyundai N Line models to suit their preference. The N performance parts provide a more dynamic driving experience beyond the base model, allowing customers to get more of the N experience.

An array of driver assist, safety and convenience features add to the N experience, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA). In addition, Elantra N Line owners get a Hyundai Digital Key, Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Following the launch of the new Elantra N Line, Hyundai plans to launch Sonata N Line with 2.5-liter turbocharged GDI engine in 2020 to further expand the N Line lineup.

New Elantra Hybrid Electric on the way

Elantra Hybrid is due to go on sale in Korea during the third quarter of 2020; sales in global markets will follow soon after. It is the first new Elantra hybrid in 11 years since the launch of Elantra LPI Hybrid in 2009.

Elantra Hybrid is equipped with a 1.6-liter GDI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. The permanent-magnet electric motor will deliver 32 kW, powered by a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.32 kWh of capacity positioned under the rear seats. The 1.6-liter GDI engine combined with the electric motor in Elantra Hybrid delivers a total system output of 139 horsepower and up to 195 lb-ft of torque. The high-efficiency electric motor has an electric-only driving mode that delivers instantaneous torque at low speeds, with available power-assist at higher vehicle speeds. The 2021 Elantra Hybrid is projected to have a combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of more than 50 miles per gallon.

“The new Elantra lineup, with N Line and HEV variants, will satisfy a wider variety of customers. The N Line model will appeal to customers who favor a sporty look and spirited driving performance while the HEV model will appeal to those who prefer high fuel efficiency,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “The expanded selection will help solidify Elantra’s position in the compact sedan segment.”

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