Sonata N Line Shows Hot Sedan Look, Hides Most Important Details

Marco Green
September 24, 2020

Wild speculation of a hotter N Line variant followed the debut of the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, leading to Hyundai quickly confirming a Sonata N Line was coming.

The Sonata N Line wears its badge on its sleeve and its sides, taking cues from Hyundai's "Sensuous Sportiness" design ID for a front-end look that includes the now-typical cascading grille, mildly remodelled front fascia, and triple air intakes. The dynamic side styling carries over to the taut rear end where a sleek black lower bumper, dual twin exhausts and N Line rear diffuser amplify the sport sedan's ready and willing attitude. That's a bump of about 100 horsepower over the old standard 2.5-litre.

Soon - though at a still undisclosed date - customers will be able to select the go-to option for sporty attire, the 2021 Sonata N Line. Inside, there will be N-badged bucket seats for the driver and front passenger, along with dark chrome trim and red accent stitching.

Perhaps most importantly, the first N Line Sonata will also carry a new powerplant.

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line
Hyundai’s 2021 Sonata N Line takes a dramatic sedan and adds looks, power

The basic Sonata styling draws inspiration from the Le Fil Rouge concept of 2018, and the production four-door measures 4,900 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, 1,445 mm tall and a wheelbase of 2,840 mm.

Inside, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster offers visual information within a new dashboard layout compared to the previous generation, and gear selection is accessed through shift-by-wire buttons instead of a conventional gear lever.

Sonata - the vehicle, not the musical term - has been around since way back in 1985.

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