Hyundai has unveiled the highly-anticipated (at least in the USA) 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line. The performance-oriented variant of the Sonata midsize sedan features a sportier design and a number of performance enhancements.
“The 2021 Sonata N Line will attract more customers to both the rock solid Sonata lineup and our increasingly popular N Line sub-brand. Sonata N Line will appeal to customers who desire sporty styling in a sedan package,” said SangYup Lee, Head of the Hyundai Global Design Center.
First shown as a camouflaged prototype during the Sonata’s North American launch, the new Sonata N Line features a sportier exterior. This starts with the more aggressive front bumper that features a black grille and a sportier lower air intake. There is also a sportier set of 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels and sportier side skirts. Moving towards the back, and you’ll see an integrated lip spoiler, four exhaust pipes, and a sportier rear bumper with a faux diffuser.
As expected, the interior also features a number of enhancements to make it look sportier. These include red stitching on the new N Line sport seats and the N Line sports steering wheel. Hyundai has swapped out some of the satin silver trims for “dark chrome” pieces for a sportier look. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system, head-up display, and Bose sound system come as standard in the Sonata N Line.
Prior to its unveiling today, Hyundai promised during the Sonata N Line’s preview will be powered by a new 2.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine that produces 290 hp and 421 Nm of torque. This is the same engine that will be used in the sporty Kia K5 GT variant and will be mated to an 8-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
As with most modern cars nowadays, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line is equipped with a number of advanced driver-assist features through Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite. This includes blind-spot collision avoidance, rear-cross traffic collision avoidance, full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane following assist, and lead vehicle departure alert.
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line is expected to go on sale in the US market near the end of 2020.