Say goodbye to the old GT Sport. 'N' sounds cooler.
Where BMW has its M Performance models and its fully-fledged M vehicles, Hyundai has its N Line trim and N vehicles. Or to be exact 'vehicle' in the shape of the Veloster N hot hatchback.
The Korean carmaker has now introduced the 2019 Elantra GT N Line, the first N Line model for the US debuting here today at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Hyundai says the new N Line trim mainly adds sporty design elements and refined powertrain and chassis upgrades to existing models, and the Elantra GT five-door hatchback was a natural fit. N Line vehicles sit above the base models and just below N. We also previously reported about the Canadian-spec Elantra GT N Line and speculated whether or not it'll come to the US. Now we have our answer.
The 2019 Elantra GT N Line replaces the Elantra GT Sport, and the entry-level Elantra GT is carried over from last year.
Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque paired to either a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch. Hyundai says it has refined the suspension and steering tuning for a more dynamic driving experience. The multi-link independent rear suspension also has larger front and rear brake rotors that improve noise, vibration harshness, and overall performance. Hyundai says it applied some exterior styling elements from the overseas-only i30 N, such as a lower front spoiler and a unique version of the automaker's Cascading Grille with a silver character line. There are also blacked out side mirrors, N Line badging, unique 18-inch wheels wearing Michelin Sport rubber, and a restyled rear bumper.
Step inside and you'll find a leather-wrapped perforated N steering wheel with metallic spokes, N Line heated leather sport seats with an N logo and red contrast stitching, and an N Line gearshift with metal accents and leather inserts.
Hyundai's latest AVN infotainment system comes standard, as does an eight-inch touchscreen. Goodies like a panoramic sunroof, power driver's seat with lumbar support, wireless charging pad, and an Infinity Premium Audio system with seven speakers are also included. Among the standard safety features, buyers will benefit from forward collision-avoidance assist, high beam assist, driver attention warning, and smart cruise control.
Pricing for the 2019 Elantra GT N Line begins at $24,185 and $25,285 for the manual and dual-clutch, respectively, while the base Elantra GT starts from $21,335, with all figures including destination. Sales are already underway.