Hyundai just debuted an updated version of the Elantra N with a restyled grille, new bumpers, and a 33-pound weight loss with the new wheels. But plans are already in motion for the next generation of the high-performance sedan. A new gasoline-powered N version was announced nearly a year ago, now in a new interview with the Australian magazine CarExpert, Executive Technical Advisor Albert Biermann essentially confirmed the next car will get a bigger engine.

"Before I left Namyang, I made sure the Elantra can go on with the 2.5 turbo. It fits in there and everything. Australia is safe, the U.S. is safe, but someone needs to make a decision, right? And markets other than Australia, forget them. They're all dreaming of the EV cloud, EV heaven, they don't care for combustion cars."

2024 Hyundai Elantra N

The part about leaving Namyang refers to his previous position as Executive Vice President and Head of Vehicle Testing & High-Performance Development. After spending 31 years at BMW, Albert Biermann joined Hyundai in April 2015, and three years later, he was named President and Head of R&D division at the Hyundai Motor Group.

Biermann played a key role in the creation of the N division before retiring as head of R&D in late 2021. Since then, he has served as Executive Technical Advisor, based in Europe.

Today's Elantra N uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine producing 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. That bigger 2.5-liter unit makes 290 hp and 311 lb-ft in the Sonata N Line while the 2024 Genesis G70 has 300 hp.

2024 Hyundai Elantra N

Additional updates to the 2024 Elantra N include revised software for the power steering and a rear-suspension insulator that uses urethane rather than rubber to improve damping. Hyundai also changed the tire pressure, installed a new, low-friction universal joint, and tweaked the gearbox for a more direct feeling. The Elantra N continues to be offered with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic.

The 2024 Hyundai Elantra N will reach dealers in January. Pricing has yet to be announced but the outgoing model retailed from $32,900.

Gallery: 2024 Hyundai Elantra N

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