Hyundai Reveals Adorable New N-Line Model

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But will Americans want to buy it?

With N vehicles such as the Veloster N, Elantra N, and Kona N, Hyundai has brought performance cars at a reasonable price. And for buyers who like the sporty N flavor but don't need quite as much speed, there are N-Line models like the Tucson, Sonata, and Elantra. Much like the full-fledged N models, including the i30 N hatchback, not all of these N-Line variants are brought stateside. The 2022 Hyundai Creta N-Line is the latest example.

Based on the Hyundai Creta, also known as the ix25 in China and Cantus in the Dominican Republic, this tiny N-Line crossover is loosely similar to the 2022 Hyundai Venue we get in the US, only it's way cooler. The Creta N-Line is sold in markets such as Brazil, India, and China, but would we ever buy it here in the US?

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The Creta's styling is pretty interesting, sportier than the Venue thanks to the N-Line touches. It gets a parametric jewel pattern grille like the Tuscon with sleek black bumpers and skid plates. Other N-Line touches include 17-inch wheels, new front and rear fascias, and dual exhaust. Of course, there are a few N-Line badges too.

Sadly, since this is only an N-Line and not an N, it doesn't receive any performance bumps, in handling or power. Buyers can choose either a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder T-GDi engine with just 120 horsepower, or a 138-hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Some markets will reportedly get a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-pot engine as well. For reference, the Venue's engine produces 121 hp.

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This is mainly a styling exercise, both inside and out. The cabin includes black seats with N logos and red stitching, plus a sportier steering wheel and shifter. Though it's not an insane performance model, this interior is leaps and bounds better than the Venue. It boasts a larger touchscreen, panoramic roof, and nicer materials than you'd find in a Venue. There's even a larger Grand Creta variant with seven seats. Though we wouldn't fight hard for it, we wouldn't mind if the next-generation Venue borrows more from the Creta.

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