2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line facelift
This is the first time that Hyundai has produced an Elantra version of the N Series. An N Line variant is not a full-blown model N for the uninitiated. Slightly identical to the BMW M Performance models, Hyundai’s N Line cars are, in terms of style and performance, a step up from the regular car, but are not as drastic as full-fledged N models.
Hyundai had to make only a few adjustments to add more visual punch for the N Line edition, due to the already aggressive and in-your-face nature of the regular new-gen Elantra. Special to the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line is a black-out grille with an N Line patch, arrow-shaped air intakes, a gloss black finish for the ORVMs, and side skirts, 18-inch dual-tone alloys, a discreet fake rear diffuser, and twin tailpipes with chrome finish.
The Elantra N Line gets N sport seats and steering on the inside, contrast red stitching for the leather upholstery, driver’s seat memory feature, electronic parking brake, alloy pedals, and drive mode selector. The instrument display has a 10.25-inch panel, and the infotainment system has a second, similar-sized panel, with lower-spec models having a smaller 8.0-inch infotainment screen and an instrument cluster that incorporates sporty analog dials with a 4.2-inch LCD monitor. There is also a Digital Key option on offer – which helps owners to unlock the car using their smartphone.
The big difference is under the hood with the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line. It is powered by a 1.6-liter Smartstream turbo-petrol engine which produces 204hp and 265Nm of torque. The gearbox choices include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters in what will be good news for enthusiasts.
Also, Hyundai has fitted the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line with a stiffer suspension and larger front brake disks, and there will also be a range of N performance parts with more options for those who want to customize the Elantra N Line further.
What Hyundai has also stated is that it will later this year unveil an N Line version of the latest Sonata, powered by a 2.5-liter turbo-petrol engine.
Hyundai has been flirting with the idea of bringing its performance-oriented N brand to India in the past but has not yet come through with it. Hyundai is unlikely to introduce the new Elantra in India anytime soon, with the midlife update arriving only late last year for the current-gen car. That said, just 16 months after putting in the facelift for the outgoing model in international markets, Hyundai launched the current-gen car in India.
And Hyundai India has launched a turbo-petrol engine option for most of its models, including the Grand i10 Nios, Aura, Venue, Verna, and Creta, in what is a promising sign for enthusiasts, and is also expected to offer a forced-induction package on the new-generation Hyundai i20. Whether Hyundai opts to introduce the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line in India remains to be seen, but even if it does, its launch will adopt the Elantra model, which will not be here before 2021.
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