Hyundai Motor Group has revealed the updated 2024 Elantra N – known locally as the i30 Sedan N – at the Shanghai motor show this week, ahead of an Australian launch late this year.
In a series of exterior images posted to the company’s social media pages, the new i30 Sedan N builds on the sharper looks of the facelifted Elantra/Avante/i30 Sedan and turns them up to 11.
The reworked compact performance sedan looks racy as it ever has, with a distinctive design that the company says is inspired by its motorsport ventures.
Key changes include a “bolder” face with the N Division’s signature red accent strips extending across the lower sections of the body, from the front spoiler lip to along the side skirts and around to the rear diffuser.
New bumpers complete the headline sheetmetal changes, complemented by new-look 19-inch alloy wheels and new black badging.
A couple of images also show the new i30 Sedan N wearing the dark lightweight forged alloy wheels available locally on the i30 Hatch N and Fastback N – while badged i30, the Sedan N is riding on a new platform and shares little DNA with its European-sourced stablemates other than its powertrain.
Hyundai is yet to reveal interior images of the 2024 Elantra N/i30 Sedan N, but we’re expecting changes to be limited to trim, tech and seat updates given the standard car’s interior looks largely the same.
The company hasn’t detailed any updates to the drivetrain, either.
Currently, the i30 Sedan N runs a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine shared with the i30 Hatch N and Fastback N, outputting 206kW and 393Nm – with an overboost function upping power to 213kW over short periods.
Drive is sent exclusively to the front axle via a six-speed manual or eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission, with an adaptive electromechanical front differential helping to channel torque to the tarmac.
When fitted with the DCT, the i30 Sedan N is claimed to hit 100km/h from rest in just 5.3 seconds, a 0.2-second improvement on the i30 Hatch N and Kona N.
The i30 Sedan N will top the facelifted range when it arrives before the end of 2023 – which will also add a 1.6-litre hybrid option for the first time.
As for pricing, expect a nominal increase to the current model’s $50,200 before on-roads sticker. Australian buyers are able to choose between the six-speed manual and eight-speed DCT for no cost, currently.
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