Hyundai teases Elantra N ahead of reveal

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jun 22, 2021 | Hyundai, Elantra N

Photography Courtesy Hyundai

Hyundai teased the upcoming Elantra N (not to be confused with the Elantra N-Line) ahead of its yet-to-be-announced reveal, making it the sixth performance N model in Hyundai’s lineup alongside the Veloster N, Kona N, Tucson N-Line, Sonata N-Line and Elantra N-Line.

The release is light on specs, though the upcoming Elantra N will likely be powered by the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in both the Kona N and Veloster N.

Ahead of the reveal, which N model is your favorite of the bunch? Veloster, Kona or the upcoming Elantra?

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Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) UberDork
6/22/21 9:16 a.m.

Merits of this particular vehicle aside, from a marketing standpoint I think that it's asinine to have "N" models as well as "N-line". Way too much room for confusion there. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/22/21 9:22 a.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

They just followed Volkswagen with R, Audi with S and BMW with M in that regard. All have lines that aren't models and are just appeara packages and disappointing, underwhelming dynamics. 

 

 

I look forward to the Elantra N, the front of the new Elantra is pretty slick, it's inadvertently caught my eye twice now. Enough to cause me to look it up and to check specs available on it. My biggest issue is 3000lb curb weight. If the N makes north of 240hp and has a mechanical limited slip and imoro suspension geometry, I'll possibly look past the scale. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
6/22/21 9:27 a.m.

Finally! A car worth getting a divorce over. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/22/21 9:30 a.m.

In reply to bobzilla :

Lol, it's business promotional expense. 

 

Also if this gets the same 275hp that that the Veloster N has, then I'll be the weirdest guy at the Hyundai dealership, cross shopping this and a Santa Cruz. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/22/21 10:09 a.m.

You know, this makes me wonder how the rear legroom and cargo capacity of the Elantra compares to the Veloster.

I've been looking forward to the Elantra N because I'm hoping for a formula similar to Veloster N but with a more usable backseat (because kids), but the reality might be that both have similar specs.

I'll take a look at some spec sheets and let you know what I find.

Derick Freese
Derick Freese UltraDork
6/22/21 10:16 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

If they're anything like previous generation Velosters and Elantras, they'll be pretty similar. My car is a '13 Elantra GT, and my wife's car is a '17 Veloster. Our cars both need the passenger seat moved pretty far forward to fit a rear-facing car seat in the back. The Veloster only seats 4, though, as where it would have a center rear seating position, it has a set of cupholders and a bit of a console built into the seat. My EGT has a flip-down armrest instead.

maschinenbau
maschinenbau GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
6/22/21 10:19 a.m.

At this day and age, I would be impressed if they keep the curb weight around 3,000 lbs. I'm also having a hard time deciding what this competes with.

Veloster N is 3200 lbs with the same 275 hp.

Civic Si is 2900 with 205 hp.

The Jetta GLI is 3250 with 228 hp.

Civic Type-R is 3100 with 306 hp.

Mazda 3 Turbo is 3375 with 250 hp.

Who else is doing a hot FWD small sedan at this price?

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/22/21 10:26 a.m.

Kreb (Forum Supporter) said:

Merits of this particular vehicle aside, from a marketing standpoint I think that it's asinine to have "N" models as well as "N-line". Way too much room for confusion there. 


It's not as bad as the Fiesta ST-Line. All the body parts of the ST - so the look - without any of the performance bits. UGH.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
6/22/21 10:30 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

The elantra historically has had a real person sized rear seat. The Veloster....not so much. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/22/21 10:32 a.m.

I'll also say, and I will be the first to admit that this is being nitpicky, that I would've absolutely loved had they made it a lift back with the same shape and rear windscreen glass, instead of it having a trunk. I'd have a deposit down if it were a lift back. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/22/21 10:40 a.m.

In reply to captdownshift (Forum Supporter) :

So kind of like the i30 N Fastback that Hyundai sells in other markets:

Same power at the Veloster N and everything.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/22/21 10:48 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Manufacturers all over the world:

The US market isn't interested in 5 door liftbacks. So we won't sell them there. 

 

The US market:

Purchases all the CUVs and raves about their utility when compared to the vehicle who's chassis they share. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/22/21 10:50 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Also, someone get me a vape pen, as I would throw rally armour flaps on that and bomb down all the dirt and gravel roads.

calteg
calteg Dork
6/22/21 10:59 a.m.

In reply to pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) :

Don't forget Lexus with the Fsport versus the actually performance "F" cars. Consumers have decided that they want to be wannabes, and the manufacturers are just indulging them

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
6/22/21 1:22 p.m.

I'm curious about the wheel/tire specs... in case they're another option for DaewooOfDeath's fashion thread

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
6/22/21 3:04 p.m.

In reply to sleepyhead the buffalo :

Probably 18x8.5 235/40/18

edit: this may be inapprops but does anyone else have problems with their pants fitting looking at that wing on the rear 3/4 view?

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