Hyundai’s N performance brand suffered through a rather long gestation period but the car manufacturer’s punchy new N models have got everyone talking and soon, the N family will grow.
During a recent interview at the New York Auto Show, Hyundai North America chief operating officer Brian Smith announced that an N Line version of the all-new Sonata is on the cards. If it looks like this, we would be very happy.
The rendering in question comes from X-Tomi Design and is based around one of the official press pictures released of the new Sonata. Adorning the vehicle are a number of aggressive exterior features, including a new front fascia with tweaked air intakes and an extended splitter painted red. Additionally, the car has been outfitted with a new hood incorporating a pair of small air vents to help cool the engine bay.
As we’ve come to expect from Hyundai models wearing the N badge, the Sonata pictured is fitted with sporty black and silver wheels, red brake calipers, and a red accent running along the base of the side skirts.
Upon announcing that a Sonata N Line is in the works, Smith said it will have in excess of 275 horsepower. That figure is identical to what the range-topping variants of the i30 N, i30 Fastback N, and Veloster N offer up meaning the performance-focused Sonata will probably have the same powertrain.
Before the Sonata N Line launches, customers will have two engines to enjoy at launch in North America. The first of these is a 1.6-liter turbo with 180 hp while the second is a 2.5-liter with 191 hp.