Hyundai expanded their 2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup today, ahead of the all-new model’s availability in the US market this fall.
The sportier Elantra N Line will unsurprisingly receive the company’s venerable 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine tuned to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft torque. That engine will be available with either a 6 speed manual transmission or 7 speed
dual clutch automatic. The N Line gets independent rear suspension and enhanced suspension stiffness for spirited driving and larger front brake rotors to match the increased power.
Exterior styling updates on the Elantra N Line include a unique, more aggressive waterfall grille, with an embedded signature N Line badge, that drops down to a large lower air intake. Larger functional side vents on the front bumper mimic those found on the Sonata Limited and replace the triangular shapes on the more pedestrian Elantra variants.
There are also custom side skirts with gloss black inserts and unique sports-oriented 18” wheels, which are painted gloss black with machined silver inserts. The car’s mirror caps and window surrounds are also finished in gloss black, which is further matched by the integrated gloss-black lip spoiler and sharkfin antenna. The rear bumper is also unique with an angular gloss black design, aerodynamic fins, and a dual-exhaust system, with both chrome exhaust tips exiting on the right-hand side of the rear diffuser. Elantra N Line also offers available unique multi-beam LED headlights.
Moving inside, the Hyundai Elantra N Line features a sporty N-badged, leather-wrapped shift knob with red accent, which extends into the red stitching on the shift boot. The steering wheel has similar red cross-stitching, a unique higher quality feel, and another N badge at the bottom of the wheel. It’s not a D-cut steering wheel, which shows a little bit of restraint in an otherwise
The seats are cloth with beefy real leather bolsters to keep you in place, and plenty of red stitching with a quilted pattern on the side bolsters. Door panels are also graced with three separate red-stitched character lines and the black headliner looks sporty too. The standard analog gauge cluster features red accents throughout and a checkered flag redline that’s undeniably performance-oriented, while there is also an optional digital gauge cluster.
For the Elantra N Line, the drive mode selector has moved to the left of the gauge cluster in the spot which is simply decorative in other trim levels. In the N Line Elantras you get a drive mode button surrounded by red trim that allows you to move the car into a performance N mode where you can maximize the sportiness of the Elantra.
Hyundai offers many safety features standard on the Elantra N Line, including active collision avoidance for forward collisions, merging collisions, reversing collisions, and many others. Hyundai Digital Key, a service where you can use your smartphone as your car key, is also included.
Note that all the above information is for the global car. US and other market localizations sometimes do occur that add or remove certain features in each market.
With the large number of improvements and performance-oriented design cues compared to other trim levels in the Elantra lineup, the N Line does provide a compelling reason to take another look at the 2021 Hyundai Elantra.