We’ve previously noted the arrival of a new-generation version of Hyundai’s compact sedan, the Elantra, which arrived in the showrooms back in April. Hyundai’s short-term plan is to significantly expand the Elantra’s range, and here’s its first manifestation, a specialty edition aimed squarely at the sweet spot of enthusiastic drivers. The Elantra N Line, just coming on line, gives budget-minded buyers who like to go quickly exactly what they’re seeking. The standard Elantra N Line engine is a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI inline-four, which produces up to 201 horsepower while mated to either six-speed manual or paddle-shifted seven-speed automatic transaxles. Eighteen-inch wheels, enlarged front brake rotors and multi-link independent rear suspension are all elements of the N Line.
Other specifics include N Line grille badging, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, N sport seats with leather bolsters and alloy foot pedals. A full suite of infotainment and driver aids is also part of the package. A Sonata N Line with a 2.5-liter turbocharged GDI engine will be next, followed by the first-ever Elantra Hybrid, set to appear in global markets late this year.