Hyundai levels up 2021 Elantra with N Line and HEV models

Hyundai looks to be banking big on the Elantra sedan, with a 2021 model expansion that now includes a sporty N Line variant and hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) trim. With the two new additions, Hyundai builds up the Elantra lineup to “satisfy diverse customer preferences and mobility needs.”

According to Hyundai, the new N Line Elantra, which carries aesthetic and performance enhancements specific to the N Line models, offers an excellent ‘entry point’ to the South Korean car maker’s high-performance N Brand lineup that so far includes the i10, i30, and Tucson.

The ‘sportified’ sedan is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged engine that produces up to 201hp and 265Nm. Two transmission options are on offer, a 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT), and a six-speed manual. Suspension is aided by 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-link independent rear suspension, larger front brake rotors, and a stiffer setup.

Exterior-wise, the Elantra N Line combines Hyundai’s signature Sensuous Sportiness design language with the ‘low and wide’ exterior styling and ‘Parametric Dynamics’ that the N Brand is known for. The Elantra’s cascading grille gets more aggressive courtesy of an intricate geometric pattern.

The side exterior is characterized by glossy black sideskirts that enhance the fastback sedan’s low and wide stance. These are complemented by arrow-like creases at the side body panels that suggest forward motion. The glossy black highlighting extends to the wheel wells and rearview mirrors.

A sculpted rear provides improved aerodynamic performance while properly expressing the low and wide aesthetic through horizontal lines. The integrated spoiler, chrome twin exhaust and N Line rear diffuser complete the car’s performance-inspired theme.

Inside, racing-inspired features, such as paddle shifters and a nifty Drive Mode Selector system, enable a sports car-like experience for drivers. Other sporty design elements, such as a leather-wrapped perforated N steering wheel with metallic spokes, gearshift with metal accents and leather inserts, N sport seats with leather bolsters, and alloy pedals, add credence to the Elantra’s athletic turn.

The Hyundai Elantra N Line is now available for order in markets where the 2021 Elantra is already on sale.

Aside from an N Line model, Hyundai is also launching the Elantra Hybrid EV, beginning in its home market in the third quarter of this year. It is the first new Elantra hybrid in 11 years since the launch of Elantra LPI Hybrid in 2009.

Powering the Elantra Hybrid is a 1.6-liter GDI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine paired with a 32kW permanent-magnet electric motor. The latter runs on a lithium-ion-polymer battery with 1.32 kWh of capacity positioned under the rear seats. The pair is good for a combined total system output of 139hp and up to 265Nm of torque. The combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is over 21kmpl.

“The new Elantra lineup, with N Line and HEV variants, will satisfy a wider variety of customers. The N Line model will appeal to customers who favor a sporty look and spirited driving performance while the HEV model will appeal to those who prefer high fuel efficiency,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “The expanded selection will help solidify Elantra’s position in the compact sedan segment.”

Currently on sale in the Philippine market is the 2020 Hyundai Elantra, selling for the price of PHP970,000 to PHP1.06 million.

Photo/s from Hyundai

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