Get ready for the sportiest Sonata ever.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata hasn't even arrived in showrooms yet and we are already hotly anticipating a new model that was announced at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Following up on the success of models like the Veloster N and Elantra N Line, the Sonata will receive a hotted-up version called the Sonata N Line. The current Sonata engine options include a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 191 hp, but the N Line is projected to produce over 275 hp.
While we knew the power output, Hyundai didn't mention which engine would sit under the hood of the Sonata N Line. The 2.0-liter engine from the Veloster N already produces 275 hp, so it seemed like the ideal candidate for the sportier Sonata. As it turns out, The Korean Car Blog has discovered that the car will actually use a new turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
This will be the first Hyundai or Kia product to use the new turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, which will likely feature in a variety of models from both brands in the future, including the upcoming Kia Optima. The engine will be mated to a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, according to a leaked document. The image clearly shows the codename 'DN8n' with '2.5T-GDI' listed as the engine and 'D8LF1 Proto' listed as the transmission. DN8 is the chassis code for the eight-generation Sonata and the 'n' is typically used to signify an N or N Line model.
The final product should resemble the rendering by X-Tomi Design (pictured above), with more aggressive wheels, color accents, and N badges. We still do not know whether Hyundai plans to route the Sonata N Line's power out to the front wheels only, or if all-wheel-drive will be available. Hyundai hasn't announced or hinted when it plans to reveal the Sonata N Line, but it's good to know that the car is in development.