While the All-New Hyundai Elantra is already released, now its time to see and discover more information of the first sport variant of the 7th gen Elantra, to be badged as N-Line, with a high-performance N variant to arrive next year.
During the livestream unveiling of the 2021 Elantra, Hyundai confirmed the redesigned compact sedan will get an N Line variant. Hyundai didn’t reveal any details about the sportier version of the new Elantra, however, N-Line refers to sportier versions of existing Hyundai models that are a step below full-bore N models such as the Veloster N.
Hyundai has never built N Line version of the Elantra sedan before, but it currently sells an Elantra GT N-Line hatchback, as well as a mechanically similar version of the outgoing Elantra sedan badged as Sport. The current Elantra GT N-Line and Elantra Sport sedan both use a 1.6-liter turbo-4 that makes 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
The engine is coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in both models. A 6-speed manual was initially available in both the sedan and hatchback, but Hyundai dropped that option for the Elantra Sport in its final model year.
Both models also got subtle exterior and interior styling changes, as well as upgraded brakes and suspension. The biggest change was a switch to independent multilink rear suspension, in place of the torsion beams used on other models. The 2021 Elantra Hybrid gets independent rear suspension as standard equipment, although it’s unclear what versions of the sedan will too.
Expect the upcoming Elantra N-Line to follow a similar pattern, with a model-specific powertrain and some suspension upgrades, but remaining a step below the Veloster N in Hyundai’s model hierarchy.