Hyundai has already confirmed a sporty Sonata N-Line is on the way.
The all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata made its debut last week at the 2019 New York Auto Show, and it’s an absolute stunner thanks to its sleek design inspired by the Le Fil Rouge concept. The first production Hyundai model to use the automaker’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, the new Sonata is 1.1-inches lower and 0.9-inches wider than its predecessor, while its long hood, low stance, and sloping roofline give it a sporty look that makes some of its rivals look bland in comparison.
Two engine options will be offered when the new Sonata goes on sale in the US. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 180 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque will be offered as standard, while a 2.5-liter with 191 hp and 181 lb-ft is optional. Both are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. If you want more performance, a sporty Sonata N-Line is also coming to America with over 275 hp, but it remains to be seen if it will utilize the same 2.0-liter found in the Veloster N or if Hyundai plans to extract more power from the 2.5-liter turbo unit.
While we know a Sonata N-Line is coming, it remains to be seen if the sleek sedan will get the hardcore N treatment like the Veloster N hot hatch. We won’t complain if it looks anything like this render design created by X-Tomi Design.
The render artist has given the new Sonata an aggressive makeover, with a new front fascia featuring larger air intakes and an extended splitter painted red. Elsewhere, a new hood incorporates a pair of small air vents to help cool the engine bay, and the sporty sedan sits on larger black and silver wheels housing red brake calipers.
Production of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata begins in September at Hyundai's factory in Alabama before the model arrives in showrooms this October, so we probably won’t see the hotter N-Line version until next year. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it spawns a hardcore N version with even more power and sportier styling.