Hyundai Motor Company launched the new Elantra N Line this week. The new model has been designed as a rendition of the Elantra that was launched in April.
The Elantra N Line is 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 195.2 lb-ft torque.
Its suspension has undergone several mechanical improvements to increase stiffness for a gripping performance. It is aided by 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-link independent rear suspension, and larger front brake rotors.
The interior comes with 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.
The exterior features a "low and wide" style and "Parametric Dynamics" design theme which gives the N Line a sporty look. Elantra's cascade grille gets replaces with a N Line badge and intricate geometric pattern. The lower fascia comes with arrow-shaped air curtains which enhance the aerodynamic performance and aid in cooling the engine.
Elantra N Line is fitted with sporty side skirts and the body panels sport arrow-like creases which suggest a forward motion. The wheel wells, side-view mirrors, and side skirts come in a glossy black moulding.
Hyundai also launched N performance parts for those who want to further customise Hyundai N Line models to suit their preference.
The latest Elantra N Line comes with driver assist, safety and convenience features which include 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).
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 line-up.
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."