Hyundai’s flagship sedan for global markets is getting its sport on.

    Overnight first images of the all-new 2021 Sonata N Line were published online by KoreanCarBlog, giving us a first look at the performance-oriented version of Hyundai’s new large sedan.

    We’ve known such a variant has been in the works for quite some time, but today we can see just how the Sonata N Line will look when it arrives in Australian showrooms before the end of the year.

    The Sonata N Line sports a more aggressive body kit with new bumpers and a quad-tip exhaust treatment, as well as larger alloy wheels, a blacked out front end and a subtle rear spoiler extension. It also appears Hyundai will offer some unique colour options, including the Audi-esque flat grey finish you see here.

    Inside, we can also see model-specific sports seats finished in leather and suede with ‘N’ logos, contrast red stitching throughout the cabin, and a sportier steering wheel.

    Under the skin, the Sonata N Line is expected to pick up a sportier suspension and damper tune, with KoreanCarBlog also reporting a new Sport+ mode with launch control will be available.

    Power will come from Hyundai’s new 2.5-litre ‘Smartstream’ turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, developing a healthy 213kW and 422Nm. Drive will continue to be sent to the front wheels via a new eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic – similar to the DCT coming to the i30 N hot hatch.

    The new engine will be shared with various Genesis models, including the new G80 and GV80, and likely rolled out to other Hyundai and Kia models – the updated Kia Stinger is expected to use this motor in overseas markets.

    In June, Hyundai Australia detailed a massive product onslaught through to 2022, and according to this schedule the Sonata (including N Line) is due to arrive Down Under before the end of 2020.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest in the lead-up to the Sonata’s Australian sales launch later this year.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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