The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N-Line will have a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, 201 horsepower, and a six-speed manual transmission.
It also sports a daring exterior redesign. We’re here for it.
We at the Art of Gears are big fans of what Hyundai has been doing lately. The 2021 Elantra N-Line continues the string of hits for the Korean automaker.
Hyundai already knocked one out of the park with the Hyundai Palisade/Kia Telluride twins. The brand’s new full-size SUV offerings are already a big hit.
But Hyundai isn’t just focusing on cashing in on the SUV-buying frenzy in the United States. They’re also zeroing in on the enthusiast market, developing sporty and affordable vehicles even while many other automakers are shying away from that portion of the market.
The Kia Stinger is already some of the most fun you can have in a four-door sedan. It’s got rear wheel drive and some decent grunt under the hood.
Now, the formerly reserved and conservative Elantra is getting a spicy upgrade that won’t break the bank.
The Elantra N-Line ships with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, which will churn out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Even better, it will be sold standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Plus, it will have a stiffer suspension than its vanilla Elantra counterpart.
The promo photos from Hyundai also show that the sportier Elantra has undergone an exterior redesign featuring an aggressive front fascia with a big, mean grille and prominent angles in the bodywork.
Ever since Ford axed the ST lineup, there’s been a gap in the market for sporty, affordable cars with manual transmissions. The N-Line looks to fill that gap.
The newly redesigned Elantra looks fun, no question. But it comes at a cost. Hyundai has decided to discontinue its Elantra GT hatchback in the United States. That means hot hatch enthusiasts will have to look elsewhere.
Luckily, the Hyundai Veloster N, with its 2.0-liter four cylinder making 275 horsepower, remains in production for the American market.