Hyundai has pulled the cover off its new Elantra GT N Line marking the debut of the N Line trim in the US. The N Line trim adds “sporty design elements and refined powertrain/chassis upgrades” to existing Hyundai products. The 2018 Elantra GT N Line replaces the 2018 Elantra GT Sport.
While the GT Sport is discontinued, the entry-level Elantra GT carries over for 2019 unchanged. Hyundai is aiming the N Line cars at users wanting sporty design cues and performance-tuned suspension upgrades. The vehicle has blacked out side mirrors with turn signals, a unique grille, N Line badging, N Line 18-inch wheels, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 225/40 R18 summer tires for the manual transmission version.
N Line cars also get a unique rear bumper fascia. Inside the car, N Line models get a leather-wrapped, perforated N steering wheel. N Line leather sport seats with N logo are included along with a unique gearshift knob with metal accents and leather inserts. The instrument cluster and panel accents are designed for sporty style, and the car has red stitching and accents.
For N Line use, the 2019 Elantra gets stiffer engine and transmission mounts, stiffer “rollrod,” stiffer springs, larger diameter stability bar, and newly tuned shocks and steering. Hyundai Smart Sense features are available including smart cruise control, forward collision alert, high beam assist, lane keep assist, and driver attention warning.
Power is via a 1.6L turbo GDI engine with 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed DCT. The DCT has larger steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The engine makes 201hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The manual Elantra GT N Line starts at $23,300; the 7-speed DCT version starts at $24,400.