Every car maker from BMW to Mercedes has been liberally applying their performance moniker to models that aren’t exactly full boil. Think BMW M440i vs BMW M4. These mid model vehicles usually get aesthetic upgrades that make them sportier looking and, in some cases, performance upgrades. This trend has become so popular that Hyundai is now following suit. Enter the first N-Line model for the United States the 2019 Elantra GT N Line.
The Elantra GT N Line replaces the outgoing 2018 Elantra GT Sport and we can expect more N line models from Hyundai in the future. According to Hyundai’s Executive Vice President of Product Planning and Strategy Division, the N line is designed for buyers who want N sporty styling and performance upgrades at a more compelling price.
In terms of looks, the Elantra GT N Line borrows directly from the i30 N, as its known in other markets. The front has a lower front spoiler that increases aerodynamics and a unique N Line Cascading Grille with silver accent. The side mirrors are blacked out and have an integrated turn signal. N line 18-inch wheels are wrapped in 225/40 Michelin Pilot sport 4 tires, if you keep the manual transmission. Those who opt for the 7-speed Dual Clutch, get all-season Hankook tires as the only option. The rear bumper also gets a unique fascia.
The N Line is not all looks however. New suspension and steering tuning, and reworked powertrain mounts help improve the driving experience. Multi-link independent rear suspension with larger front and rear brake rotors improve noise vibration and harshness as well as performance. Stiffness overall is increased over the 2018 Elantra GT Sport. The Engine mounts are over 6% stiffer. The trans mount is 24% stiffer and the springs are 14.3 and 21.9 percent stiffer in the front and rear.
The front wheels are powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged-GDI engine, which produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
The interior also gets notable upgrades with a special leather-wrapped N steering wheel, N Line leather seats with N logo and N line gearshifter. There’s a sporty instrument cluster and red stitching and accents throughout.
The available Technology package gets you a panoramic sunroof, Hyundai’s AVN 5.0 infotainment system with an eight-inch screen and navigation, blue link, ventilated seats, power driver’s lumbar, the infinity seven speaker audio system, wireless charging, auto dimming rearview mirror and a host of safety features. The safety features available on the Elantra GT N Line are cruise control with start/stop, forward collision assist, high beam and lane keep assist, and driver attention warning. Pricing for the GT N Line start at a very competitive $23,300 for the 6-speed and $24,400 when you opt for the Dual clutch, plus the $885 destination charge.