Exactly one week ago, Hyundai pulled off the covers for the Elantra N Line and at the end of the article, Hyundai has said that the Sonata N Line will be launched in late 2020.
Just a quick recap, the Elantra N Line is a 204 PS turbocharged sports sedan mated to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT. Looks like someone at Hyundai (or somewhere else) must’ve misread the memo and accidentally leaked some photos of the Sonata N Line online.
According to Korean Car Blog (KCB), a video presenting the performance big brother to the Elantra was uploaded and then taken down a few minutes later.
Just like the Elantra N Line, there have been some additional body kits on the Sonata N Line to make it stand out from the rest of Hyundai’s D-segment saloon line-up. This includes the cascading grille with an N Line badge and air intakes at the front.
Round the back, the Sonata N Line is fitted with quad exhaust pipes but it also looks like there is a non-functional air vent on the rear bumper.
Just like the Elantra N Line, the Sonata N Line continues the sportiness inside with N sports seats and an N steering wheel.
Powering this sporty D-segment is a 2.5-litre T-GDI that produces 290 PS and 422 Nm. This is then mated to an 8-speed wet DCT.
Based on these pictures, it seems like the Sonata N Line is confirmed for RHD markets and we’re guessing this would debut in Australia. The eighth-gen Sonata was launched in 2019 for LHD markets only. The Sonata is expected to be launched in Australia at the end of 2020 which coincides with the expected official launch of the Sonata N Line.
Closer to home, the previous seventh-gen Hyundai Sonata was launched in Malaysia in 2014 but was pulled from the market in 2017 due to poor sales. The chances for the latest eighth-gen to be launched here look slim, sadly.
Sonata N Line photo credits: KCB