Hyundai just debuted the revised Elantra / Avante, and the performance-focused N model will now premiere its aggressive look at the Shanghai Auto Show, less than two years after the original.
The sporty sedan retains the revised bonnet and headlights of the lower grades but with a new version of the N-specific body kit indicating its performance qualities. Another new attraction is the 19-inch alloy wheels with five circular holes evocative of Alfa Romeo and the black N emblem on the center caps.
The red splitter, side skirts, and rear bumper extensions, which contrast with the black parts on the bumpers, add to the motorsport-inspired appearance. At the front, the black trim surrounds the massive intakes and smaller grille while expanding to a considerably more prominent part at the rear bumper. The black rear spoiler, diffuser, and twin exhaust pipes are also retained.
The cosmetic improvements were highlighted in official images and film, which showed the Elantra N next to the race variant. However, the company made no mention of the improved model's performance.
The 2024 Hyundai Elantra N is expected to retain its predecessor's turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which produces up to 286 horsepower (213 kW / 289 PS) and 392 Nm (289 lb-ft) of torque. With the assistance of an electronic limited-slip differential, power is delivered to the front axle via a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This configuration enables a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 5.3 seconds and a peak speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The powerful engine is paired with N-specific suspension and brakes. However, the chassis layout might be tweaked for even better driving characteristics.
The 2024 Hyundai Elantra N is slated to make it's North American premiere later this year, among other Elantra trim levels. The Avante N will be offered in Korea, and the i30 Sedan N will be available in Australia.