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Hyundai Sonata N Line: Interesting New Details Leaked

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The next-generation Hyundai Sonata was first presented at the New York auto show in spring of 2019. It took almost no time thereafter for rumours to sprout regarding an eventual N Line version of the sedan. It took only a little more time for the Korean automaker to confirm the rumours.

The sportier version of the Sonata is set to make its commercial debut this fall as a 2021 model. But as a preview, we’ve been treated to a few leaked images from a video spotted online that open the window a little further into the N Line.

We now know, notably, that the Sonata N Line will come with a 2.5L 4-cylinder turbo engine good for 290 hp and 311 lb-ft of torque. All power is destined for the front wheels only, via a dual-clutch 8-speed automatic transmission

Officially, Hyundai had only said that the Sonata n Line would get a powertrain delivering somewhere north of 275 hp.

In the event, the engine is the same as found in the 2021 Genesis G80 and GV80; in those models, output tops out at 300 hp.

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Images of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line
Photo: Hyundai
Images of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

Besides the boost in power, the Sonata N Line differs from its regular sibling in being equipped with a sportier suspension, stronger brakes, 19-inch wheels and four exhaust pipes, as well as sportier styling both outside and in. Among the more distinctive elements are front bucket seats decorated with the N logo.

There are many eyes keeping watch on this new model inside and outside of the industry, in part because the man behind it is Albert Biermann, former head of BMW’s M division. The auto designer also had a hand in creating the Kia Stinger and the Genesis G70, two well-received performance sedans that figure to be among the sportier Sonata’s rivals.

We expect an announcement regarding versions and pricing for Canada in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Images of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line interior, engine
Photo: Hyundai
Images of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line interior, engine
2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line, rear lights
Photo: Hyundai
2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line, rear lights
2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line, wheel
Photo: Hyundai
2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line, wheel