The 2020 Hyundai Veloster N might have rocked the compact car world, but now Hyundai has moved onto bigger and better things. By bigger and better, we mean the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N – the brand’s resident family sedan has begun its move into performance-car territory. Featuring a lot of Veloster DNA and a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that’s good for an impressive 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque – that’s an improvement of 1 HP and 29 pound-feet over the Veloster N, but the way.
What You Need to Know About the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N
The Hyundai Elantra N won’t be much more aggressive than the Elantra N-Line that you can buy today. But, it will be more powerful and offer improved driving dynamics. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder is good for 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque – a considerable increase compared to the standard Elantra’s 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. All the engine’s power is sent to the front wheels, but it is channeled through an electronic limited-slip differential that can divide torque on demand between both front wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but you can opt for an eight-speed DCT if you really want to.
Under the metal, you’ll find an N-specific multi-link rear suspension – a massive improvement over the twist-beam rear axle found on other Elantra models, including the Elantra N-line. Keeping body roll in check are performance-tuned springs and adaptive dampers. The brakes have also evolved, with the front’s rocking out 13.6-inch rotors and the rears measuring just 12.3 inches. From the way things look on paper, the Elantra N could turn out to be a true and legitimate sports sedan.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Isn’t Without Its Faults
Several outlets have had the chance to get behind he wheel of the Elantra N prototype, and while we’ve seen a lot of praise, we’ve also seen some negative marks on its scorecard too. Motor 1 was behind the wheel of an Elantra N with the optional dual-clutch transmission, and it didn’t exactly give the best impression. As Brett Evans put it:
“I drove a DCT-equipped prototype, and initially, the gearbox let me down somewhat. Left to its own devices and with the drive selector set to “Normal,” the transmission upshifts early, ensuring plenty of lag from an engine that only starts to wake up at about 2,200 rpm.”
He went on to admit that the N and N Custom drive modes change that story a bit. He particularly liked the way the DCT kept the engine within the heart of its power band and how well the transmission shifted.
On that note, several outlets have complained about interior materials, even declaring the interior as being the one thing holding the Elantra N from actually moving upmarket. In short, there’s too many cheap plastic surfaces and not enough nicer materials. Of course, we’re talking about a car that should retail for less than $35,000, but it’s still being billed as a performance car and people expect a certain standard.
Expect the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N to go on sale by the end of 2020 or early 2021, with deliveries kicking off sometime in the spring or summer of 2021.