After been delayed several times (this remembered me the GV80 launch), Hyundai have rescheduled the release of the high-performance Sonata N-Line to “Summer”. Yeah, according to the latest information from AutoDaum, the cause of the delay is once again the Coronavirus outbreak, but also and adjustment of the launch schedule, giving some priority to SUVs (they already launched the Santa Fe) and will do the same with Tucson and Kona facelift.
What we know so far?
Hyundai recently launched in South Korea the 2021 Sonata, and the first informations said that together with this announcement, the release of the sportiest variant, under N-Line will happen too, but finally was reported as delayed. The 2021 Sonata were released after several new rivals as the Kia K5 or Renault-Samsung SM6 facelift were launched, it is key to increase the productability that is insufficient compared to this models by adjusting the trim configuration, and to improve the quietness of the room by applying double-bonded soundproof glass as a standard (currently only available on high-end trims).
The 2021 Sonata were finally launched on April 20th as expected with improved performance & noise reduction after some customer complaints but we doesn’t have more information about the N-line until today. The 2021 Sonata improves the acceleration performance which is insufficient in the 2.0 gasoline standard. Through ECU tuning and gear logic adjustment, the tightness during acceleration is improved. In addition, the NVH performance will be improved by applying the double-bonded soundproof glass limited to some models as a basis.
Hyundai’s mid- and lower trims of Sonata will be strengthened its merchandise. The 17-inch wheel is standard on all models, and the premium trim with limited option choices is restructured to increase competitiveness. In the case of the recently released K5, it is relatively easy to select options for each trim, so various configurations are possible compared to Sonata. You don’t new to go for the highest trim to have some extras.
In particular, the high-performance model Sonata N-Line will be introduced on May 20th. The Sonata N-Line is a more powerful semi-high performance line-up than the Sonata Sport, and applies the N-line design and performance package. Exclusive suspension, horizontally arranged 2.5-liter gasoline turbo engine, and 8-speed DCT wet transmission are applied.
Sonata N-line, which was partially released for media in the United States, has released some designs, specifications, interiors, and powertrains. The 2.5-liter Smart Stream T-GDI turbo engine delivers maximum output of 290 hp and maximum torque of 43 kgm, and provides three modes through engine sound enhancement.
The 8-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission offers incredible fast shifting and downshift rev matching. The torque is controlled at the time of sudden start, and the lunch control mode is applied to mass-produced cars. A dedicated spring, a dedicated damper, a dedicated bushing and enhanced brakes, and a sports + mode with reduced driving control are added.