Hyundai has teased the sporty N-Line version of its Australia-bound i30 Sedan – née Elantra – ahead of an anticipated full debut in the coming weeks.
A quartet of dark-lit renderings were released by the Korean carmaker, showing all angles of the N-Line’s exterior design.
Up front there’s a black, N-Line-badged grille flanked by more aggressive lower air intakes, while at the rear highlights include a black lip spoiler, dual exhaust tips and a silver-accented lower diffuser.
18-inch machined alloy wheels and larger brakes fill the arches, while sports side skirts, mirror caps and window trim finished in gloss black complete the visual upgrades.
No images have been released of the i30 Sedan N-Line’s interior, though it’s believed to score an array of sporty touches including N-branded sports seats, red contrast stitching and an N-Line-specific gear selector.
Powertrain details have yet to be confirmed, however a leaked filing with the South Korean Ministry of Environment – posted by online publication The Korean Car Blog – suggests the hot sedan will be powered by the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Hyundai i30 N-Line hatch and outgoing Elantra Sport sedan, developing identical outputs of 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque.
It’s set to be mated to a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions, routing drive to the front wheels. The vehicle’s kerb weight is said to be down compared to the outgoing model by around 45kg.
A high-performance i30 Sedan N (or Elantra N) has been recently spied testing and is expected to join the range in 2021, likely powered by the same 202kW/353Nm 2.0-litre turbo-four as the existing i30 N hatch and Fastback.
The 2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line is slated to be officially unveiled – with accompanying engine and suspension details – in the coming weeks, ahead of an Australian launch in the fourth quarter of 2020 alongside the regular, 117kW 2.0-litre model. Stay tuned to Redline for the full reveal.