But when will they arrive?
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has not even gone on sale yet but rumors are already circulating of a sportier version from the company's N Division. Originally expected to be badged as an N-Line product, The Korean Car Blog now reports that there will be a fully-fledged N model in addition to the lesser N-Line version.
In even more exciting news, we won't have to wait long to see the Sonata N-Line because KCB says Hyundai will reveal the car later this month at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. We will have to wait a bit longer to see the Sonata N, which is not expected to arrive until Q3 of 2020. But the N should be worth the wait if leaked documents are to be believed.
According to the documents, the Sonata N will be powered by a new 2.5T-GDi engine mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, rumored to send drive out to all four wheels. We initially expected the car to produce around 270 horsepower, a healthy gain over the 1.6-liter engine, but these documents claim 304 ps (around 300 hp). This means the Sonata N will be one of the quickest vehicles in the mid-size sedan segment.
To get so much power out of the engine, Hyundai has engineered better thermal management compared to its past turbo engines. This includes a new continuously variable oil pump (CVVT) system and a water-cooled intercooler.
Since all of KCB's leak documents talk about the Sonata N, we still have no idea what will power the lesser N-Line. If we had to guess, it will use the same 1.6-liter engine producing 180 hp mated to an eight-speed automatic, but the N Division will add sportier suspension and other handling components. Hyundai already makes a handful of N-Line products like the Elantra N-Line, which focuses more on handling than power. We expect the Sonata to be the same.