The N Division is taking over, and the Jetta GLI is in its sights
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra sedan is quite the sexy looking compact, debuting a fresh face with aggression and elegance neatly packaged in one bundle. In standard form, the Elantra is powered by a fairly commonplace 2.0-liter engine that doesn't resort to turbocharging and develops only 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. These outputs are sent solely to the front axle, and in between the only transmission choice is a soul-sapping CVT automatic. But there's a glimmer of hope for the motorheads out there, as we've already reported on the planned intentions of Hyundai handing the compact sedan an N version. Now, thanks to Korean Car Blog, we get our first glimpse of what an Elantra N might look like.
In the three rendered images, which unfortunately are not the highest quality, the recently unveiled Elantra sedan has been given a high dose of aggression. This includes an aggressive front end with extra air intakes and a broad front spoiler, while the lightly flared arches have been depicted with a set of large black alloys. In the main render, the Elantra N has even been given a dashing blue hue which, while reminiscent of the signature shade employed on the Hyundai Veloster N, seems to have a little more depth to it. Around back, the renders depict a pronounced trunklid spoiler, two large chrome tailpipes, and an aggressive rear diffuser, while red trim elements and red brake calipers bearing the N logo finish it all off.
While these renders are very early, and the final product may well end up looking very different, what we're quite certain of is the powertrain that will be employed. Occupying the same compact segment as the Veloster N, the Elantra N will likely make use of the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing an identical 250 horsepower, or 275 hp when equipped with the performance package. Likewise, it'll probably receive a six-speed manual gearbox with various drive modes, but it will also retain the base platform's FWD setup.