It may not be what you were expecting.
Soon after the 2021 Hyundai Elantra was revealed, the Korean automaker teased that a sportier N-Line model was on its way. Leaked information has already confirmed that the Elantra N-Line will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 201 horsepower with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available. But now, based on spy shots from Hyundai Motor Club, we know that an even more hardcore Elantra N is coming.
The photos clearly reveal a camouflaged Elantra N prototype wearing the same Performance Blue paint job found on the Veloster N as well as the same exact wheel pattern. It is unclear whether or not this model would be offered in the United States but since the standard Elantra and Elantra N-Line will be sold here, we don't see why this N model would remain forbidden fruit.
The Elantra N will likely be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder used in the Veloster N and the upcoming Kona N, with a similar 275 hp output. Like those other N models, power will be sent through either a six-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed dual-clutch unit. Drive is expected to go to the front wheels only but the AWD system from the Kona N could be used here. The Elantra N will see visual and performance upgrades over the N-Line model and should essentially be a sedan version of the existing Veloster N.
As for the lesser Elantra N-Line, there is some news to share on that front as well. The Korean Car Blog has obtained some leaked images showing the car's front bumper and a bit of the interior shown in the parts manual. In the interior photo, we see that the Elantra's circular element to the left of the gauge cluster has been replaced with a new drive mode button. It seems likely that the Elantra N will receive this feature as well. We expect the Elantra N-Line to debut later in 2020 but the Elantra N may not arrive until 2021.