Hyundai Elantra N Photos Tease Civic Si Rival

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, Automotive Editor - June 23, 2021

Hyundai has recently started to focus on expanding its performance lineup of N vehicles. There’s the Hyundai Veloster N, Sonata N-Line, Elantra N-Line, Tucson N-Line, and Kona N. Soon, consumers will be able to choose from another full N vehicle with the Elantra N, which will become the sixth N model in the automaker’s lineup. Hyundai unveiled a few teasers of the upcoming Elantra N earlier this week, giving us our first look at the sporty compact car.

The few photos that Hyundai provided of the Elantra N didn’t give us a clear look at the vehicle beyond its rear-end design. The already sharply styled sedan appears to be wearing an even more aggressive body kit. Aggressive wheels, which look like they measure around 19 inches in size, a prominent rear wing, and a massive exhaust outlet are visible from the photo. The Elantra N will also feature unique side sills for better airflow. We can also see that the Elantra N will wear sporty red trim.

Hyundai highlighted the gorgeous design of the wheels, which are wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Updated brakes with red calipers are also part of the Elantra N’s list of features.

We haven’t seen the Elantra N’s cabin, but we expect the vehicle to come with heavily bolstered seats and a sporty steering wheel with shift paddles. The N trim should retain a lot of the same features as higher-end Elantra models, so we expect a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster to be standard.

Hyundai hasn’t confirmed performance specifications for the Elantra N yet, but the compact sedan is expected to use the same engine as the Veloster N. That means a 275-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will be offered. The Veloster N is available with a six-speed manual and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We expect these transmissions to be offered on the Elantra N.

The South Korean automaker didn’t say when Elantra N would be introduced, but stated that more details on the vehicle would come out in the “coming weeks.” A Hyundai spokesperson told Car and Driver that the Elantra N would officially be revealed later this July and that a U.S. version of the sedan would make it to the New York Auto Show in August. That timeline means the sporty sedan could go on sale before the end of the year.

The Elantra N’s main competitor will be the Honda Civic Si. While Honda just unveiled a redesigned Civic, the Si model is coming a little later. The current Civic Si comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 205 horsepower. It’s only available with a six-speed manual transmission and offers peppy handling thanks to its lightweight design. Compared to that model, the Elantra N promises to be more of a bruiser with more horsepower, sharper handling, and a more aggressive design.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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