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The current-generation Hyundai Sonata showed off its new skin last year, first in South Korea and then for Americans at the New York Auto Show. With swooping lines and a bold grille it's certainly a looker, and during the North American debut, Hyundai confirmed an N Line model would follow. That day is now here, mostly anyway. We'll explain in a bit, but for now, behold the 2021 Sonata N Line.

If you're struggling to spot the differences, you're not alone. The Sonata's shape already has a sporty flair, but the N Line does jazz it up slightly with a new front fascia that gets larger corner intakes and three rectangular vents beneath its N-specific grille. Moving along the side, the N Line gets side skirts for a lower, leaner profile. Fresh 19-inch wheels fill the arches, and a lower rear fascia with dual exhaust outlets and a subtle diffuser fill out the back. The Sonata's existing spoiler bridging the taillights is darkened to help the N Line stand out from the pack.

Gallery: 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line

Moving inside, the N Line gains additional treatment. Dark chrome trim and red contrast stitching are found throughout the greenhouse, with the latter being prominent on the steering wheel and sport seats. The seatbacks wear an embossed N, and naturally, there's N Line badging on the exterior, too.

“The 2021 Sonata N Line will attract more customers to both the rock-solid Sonata lineup and our increasingly popular N Line sub-brand," said SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai's Global Design Center. "Sonata N Line will appeal to customers who desire sporty styling in a sedan package."

What about the performance side of the Sonata N Line? Curiously, that's still unconfirmed as this debut focuses purely on the aesthetic changes for the sports sedan. At the Sonata's New York Auto Show debut last year, Hyundai already confirmed it would get a tuned-up version of the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine making over 275 horsepower (205 kilowatts). We've also heard reports that power could reach 290 hp (216 kW) but the exact figure – and how it will be doled out – are still questions to be answered.

Those questions should be answered on October 21. A Hyundai spokesperson confirmed to that product details for the Sonata N Line will be announced on that date in a global release.


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2021 Sonata N Line: Hyundai’s Hot New Sedan Gets a
High-Performance Look


·         Sonata N Line expands appeal of new sedan with its sportiest offering yet
·         Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity gives Sonata N Line a high-performance look that promises exciting driving dynamics
·         Sonata N Line underscores rising popularity of N Line as an attractive entry point to Hyundai’s high-performance N Brand


SEOUL, September 23, 2020 — Hyundai Motor Company today revealed the racy design of its highly anticipated 2021 Sonata N Line, promising a pulse-quickening experience in the hottest-looking sedan on the road today.


The new Sonata N Line expands Hyundai’s midsize sedan lineup following the launch of Sonata and Sonata Hybrid in 2019. N Line provides an attractive entry point to N Brand and gives the new Sonata nameplate a high-performance look, broadening its appeal.


“The 2021 Sonata N Line will attract more customers to both the rock solid Sonata lineup and our increasingly popular N Line sub-brand. Sonata N Line will appeal to customers who desire sporty styling in a sedan package,” said SangYup Lee, Head of the Hyundai Global Design Center.


Based on Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity, Sonata N Line’s exterior styling looks bold and athletic. Sonata’s N Line design elements are evident throughout, starting with the signature cascading grille, bold front fascia, three air intakes and N Line badging.


Sonata N Line’s side skirts and 19-inch alloy wheels provide an aggressive stance that suggests that fun is just around the corner—any corner. 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.


The interior design reinforces the dynamic feeling of the exterior with a high-tech flair that makes the inside of Sonata N Line every bit as dashing as the exterior. Dark chrome trim, signature N Line red stitching on the steering wheel and sport seats complete the performance-inspired interior and exterior design.

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