Subtle aggression is the order of the day.
If you're the sort who looks at the sporty Hyundai Veloster N and thinks "I love the performance, but I wish it weren't so utterly juvenile-looking," Hyundai's new N Line sub-brand was tailor-made for you. The N Line treatment delivers a does of extra performance and sporty looks without going completely, utterly over to the "raucous street racer" end of the spectrum - similar to Cadillac's old V-Sport sub-brand, or BMW's M-Sport.
Now, Hyundai's just shown off its second entrant in the N Line model range: the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line. Any visual cues that might tip you off to the fact you're looking at something other than a regular old Sonata are subtle, almost imperceptible - as they're meant to be.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the regular Hyundai Sonata and the new 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line is the latter car's tweaked front fascia, which features a "signature cascading grille" with a different mesh pattern than the other Sonata models, flanked by two larger, more traditionally shaped side inlets. Around back, you can tell it's an N Line from the black lower bumper, sporty rear diffuser, and split four-tip exhaust; other Sonata models feature just two tips, both clustered together on one side.
Rounding out the exterior visual enhancements, the new N Line rocks a unique pair of side skirts and rides on an intricate-looking set of multi-spoke 19-inch wheels. Changes inside the cabin are minimal, with dark chrome trim and N Line red contrast stitching on the steering wheel and N-logo sport seats.
The biggest change of all is expected to take place under the bodywork - and we say "expected" because as of yet, Hyundai still isn't ready to divulge precisely what sets the Sonata N Line apart mechanically. Hyundai said last year that the car would pack a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder with around 290 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, but confirmation and official output ratings are yet to come.
The car is also expected to ride on its own uniquely tuned suspension, with revised springs, dampers, and sway bars, and to feature upsized brake rotors. But again, we'll have to wait for specifics.
Expect a more thorough, tell-all introduction of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N-Line to come October 21.