If it wasn’t edgy enough already, the all-new Hyundai Sonata just got a bit hotter.

    The 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line has officially been revealed, after being accidentally leaked a month ago, with Australian deliveries to commence before the end of 2020.

    As the Korean brand’s flagship sedan for global markets, the Sonata’s new sporty variant will become top dog in the passenger car range.

    Distinguishing the N Line from more sedate Sonata models are the array of athletic enhancements, including 19-inch alloy wheels, unique bumpers, blacked out accents including the cascading front grille, quad-tipped exhaust, rear diffuser and a subtle bootlid spoiler.

    Interestingly, Hyundai hasn’t officially announced powertrain details for the new Sonata N Line, but leaks last month indicated the sporty sedan will get a powerful 213kW/422Nm 2.5-litre ‘Smartstream’ four-cylinder turbo petrol mated to a (wet) eight-speed dual-clutch automatic

    While not officially confirmed, those outputs put the Sonata N Line in direct competition with the Skoda Superb 206TSI Sportline (coming soon) and the Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line (due in 2021).

    Inside, the sporty appointments continue. Model-specific features include dark chrome trim, contrasting red stitching throughout the cabin upholstery, N Line insignia and leather/suede sports seats.

    “The 2021 Sonata N Line will attract more customers to both the rock solid Sonata lineup and our increasingly popular N Line sub-brand. Sonata N Line will appeal to customers who desire sporty styling in a sedan package,” said SangYup Lee, head of the Hyundai Global Design Centre.

    Hyundai’s press release goes on to describe the new Sonata N Line as an “attractive entry point to N Brand and gives the new Sonata nameplate a high-performance look, broadening its appeal”.

    The new-generation Hyundai Sonata range is due to arrive in Australian showrooms before the end of 2020.

    While Hyundai hasn’t fully detailed the local range just yet, up to three powertrains could be offered including the 2.5-litre turbo in the N Line, with a range of high-end tech on offer such as a fully digital instrument cluster and a swathe of semi-autonomous driver assistance features.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest in the lead up to the Sonata’s Australian launch in the coming months.

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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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