Hyundai To Offer 7 N And N-Line Products Through 2022

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, Automotive Editor - November 10, 2020

Hyundai recently showcased two new N-Line models: the Tucson and Elantra N-Lines. With these two joining the likes of the Veloster N and Sonata N-Line, the South Korean automaker will have a total of four N-Line models on sale in the U.S. shortly. While four sporty vehicles seems like a lot for a brand that once prioritized value, it’s just the tip of the iceberg, as Hyundai is looking to have a total of seven N and N-Line models by the time 2022 rolls around.

Before we get into what possible N and N-Line vehicles Hyundai could be working on, let’s take a quick look at what sporty vehicles the automaker currently offers. The Veloster N was the first vehicle from the automaker to be offered in an N variant. The hot hatchback was followed up by the Sonata N-Line and the Elantra N-Line, both of which will go on sale before the end of 2020. So far, that’s three models. The fourth and fifth vehicles include the upcoming Elantra N and Tucson N-line, the latter was just unveiled this week.

Hyundai N Performance

Hyundai isn’t saying a lot about the other two vehicles, but we’re going to guess that they’re going to involve the subcompact Venue and Kona. The European version of the face-lifted Kona came out earlier this year and was joined by a sporty N-Line model. A Kona N-Line rumor has been circling around for quite some time, so we’re almost certain it’s going to be one of the seven N-Line vehicles.

When it comes to Hyundai’s hierarchy, there’s a big difference between N and N-Line models. Full-blown N models, like the Veloster N, offer the best of the best when it comes to performance from Hyundai. More powerful engines, track-ready suspension, beefy brakes, and high-performance parts are all included. N-Line vehicles aren’t as sporty, offering performance parts and powerful engines, but they don’t offer nearly the same amount of power or as track performance as N variants. Think of N-Line models are like a jalapeño, while N vehicles are habaneros.

The decision to add more N and N-Line models is to appeal to enthusiasts, who have seen their sporty options dwindle greatly in the past few years. It’s actually a really smart idea, because enthusiasts have very few options on the market if they’re looking for a new performance vehicle that’s relatively affordable. By offering sporty N and N-Line models, even if they’re sporty variants of SUVs, Hyundai’s ensuring that it’s going to be one of the few automakers to continue offering sporty vehicles.

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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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