Back in 2020, the world had a chance to admire the camouflaged prototype of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N, the hottest version of Hyundai’s Elantra compact sedan. Making its global debut on Tuesday, the N packs the same edge and hoot as the Veloster N hatchback with all the style and refinement of Hyundai’s redesigned Elantra sedan.
The 2022 Elantra N holds the trademark of the sporty, edgy, and spicy Elantra N line with a bevy of upgrades to impress. Both the shell and the organs get a makeover. Bathed in a glossy exterior coat of Performance Blue, Elantra N oozes class and poise.
Under the hood, it’s fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, sending 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. Hyundai will offer both a six-speed manual with automatic rev-matching, as well as an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With great power, comes great speed! Bestowed with power, the Elantra N can accelerate to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds, on its way to a 155-mph top speed. All with launch control! How cool is that?
Power isn’t the only ‘wow factor’ that Elantra has. Accelerating and cornering on an integrated drive axle, Elantra is so much better at withstanding lateral loads. This arrangement also helps it in saving a bit of weight in the front. Behind the N-specific 19-inch wheels you’ll find larger brakes. The suspension is stiffer and the steering ratio is quicker. With such great features, Elantra is one lucky car! The list doesn’t end here.
Elantra N is equipped with a number of selectable drive modes, including a full-on N performance setting accessed by a big blue button on the steering wheel. A limited-slip differential manages power at the front axle and 245/35-series Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires offer plenty of grip at all four corners. A trick e-LSD helps the front wheels handle that power while minimizing understeer.
Auto enthusiasts would die for a feature like the N Grin Shift (NGS). NGS temporarily bumps the boost pressure for the engine, giving an extra 10 hp for short sprints. Can this car get any better? Yes, it can! Turns out that the popping, snapping, booming sound effect from a Very Angry Elantra N in the Nurburgring Spy video wasn’t artificial. The car is actually fitted with a Variable Exhaust Valve System (VEVS), that pumps various artificial engine sounds. So, if you wish to see a seething, raging Elantra N, just push ON the system and enjoy.
Under the skin, N has handsomely bolstered sports seats that are super stylish and super comfortable. The new member of the Elantra gene pool, N has the same infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and some N-specific traits. The car also has a critical monitoring system for stuff like Engine oil and coolant temperature.
For the shell, the Elantra N definitely looks the part, with a sculpted front fascia, bright red side sill extensions, and a small rear wing. A pronounced diffuser is fitted with larger exhaust pipes and VEVS. With nothing prominent, the exterior is presumably the least effectual feature of this vehicle.
Expected Price Range: Not yet disclosed
Expected Launch Date: 2022