Hyundai has confirmed it plans to broaden its N line-up, while also releasing teaser images of the upcoming Elantra N.
The Korean firm’s North American division says it plans to offer as many as seven N and N Line models by 2022.
For that market, the range is expected to include three “purist N models” (the Veloster N, the Elantra N and possibly a Kona N, what with the i30 N hot hatch not available there) and four “N Line models” (the Elantra N Line, the Sonata N Line, the Tucson N Line and one more).
"I’m proud of what our talented N brand engineers, designers and product development teams have in store for enthusiast customers,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice-president for product planning and mobility strategy at Hyundai Motor North America.
“Hyundai is committed to developing exciting, heart-charging N models in varied segments that reflect our passion to indulge enthusiasts. We’re confident that enthusiasts will relish the agility and performance of our new N Line models,” she added.
While Hyundai has yet to release any official information about the upcoming Elantra N, earlier reports suggested the performance sedan would employ the same turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine as the i30 N. Expect a six-speed manual gearbox to ship standard, with the option of an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.