Hyundai Sonata N Line Leaked

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
hyundai sonata n line leaked

Perhaps feeling that this would be its last opportunity to woo American midsize sedan buyers, Hyundai pulled out all the styling stops when it crafted the current-generation Sonata. Heavy on lines and curves and sporting some impressive front-end lighting, the Sonata makes the Camry and Accord look stodgy by comparison.

But the automaker didn’t stop there. It went to work crafting a hotter Sonata — a variant that’s almost here. And thanks to someone’s mistake and another person’s quick reflexes, we can see what that sedan will look like.

Official images of the upcoming Sonata N Line appeared on The Korean Car Blog this week, revealing the turbocharged performer in full. Sporting a revised front fascia with a little more aggression down low and N Line badging in the passenger-side corner of the grille, the N Line retains the front and rear air deflectors aero-enhanced stock Sonatas.

Out back, dual chrome exhaust tips protrude from a revised lower bumper. Nineteen-inch wheels fill each well, shod in grippy low-profile rubber. Inside, N Line-badged seats greet the driver and front passenger.

For Hyundai products lacking a full-on N variant, N Line represents a top-of-the-line offering. It essentially replaces “Sport” models. And so the Sonata N Line boosts the model’s horsepower game, coming equipped with a turbocharged Smartstream 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. This 2.5L power, which happens to be less than offered in the Genesis lineup, routes to the front wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

While the Sonata N Line offers up a more compelling sporty family sedan package than Hyundai fielded in years past, the current-generation Sonata has proven unable to turn back market forces. Arriving for the 2018 model year, the Sonata saw its sales continue a downward slide. Whereas Sonata sales topped 225,000 in the U.S. in 2011, volume amounted to just 87,466 units in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

[Image: Hyundai]

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  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Aug 19, 2020

    I don't care how capable it is, if it looks like that I'm not interested. I know you don't see it when you're driving it, but I'd have to look at when walking to it. That lighting gimmick is gross and already overdone. The upcoming K5 is slightly less nasty.

  • MKizzy MKizzy on Aug 19, 2020

    Looked at the pics and must say the N-Line's lower front fascia is far more attractive then the other trim levels and fixes the Sonata's "frowning catfish" face. Hopefully, some of these improvements can be incorporated into the SEL to Limited trims at the mid-cycle refresh.

  • Darren Mertz In 2000, after reading the glowing reviews from c/d in 1998, I decided that was the car for me (yep, it took me 2 years to make up my mind). I found a 1999 with 24k on the clock at a local Volvo dealership. I think the salesman was more impressed with it than I was. It was everything I had hoped for. Comfortable, stylish, roomy, refined, efficient, flexible, ... I can't think of more superlatives right now but there are likely more. I had that car until just last year at this time. A red light runner t-boned me and my partner who was in the passenger seat. The cops estimate the other driver hit us at about 50 mph - on a city street. My partner wasn't visibly injured (when the seat air bag went off it shoved him out of the way of the intruding car) but his hip was rather tweaked. My car, though, was gone. I cried like a baby when they towed it away. I ruminated for months trying to decide how to replace it. Luckily, we had my 1998 SAAB 9000 as a spare car to use. I decided early on that there would be no new car considered. I loathe touch screens. I'm also not a fan of climate control. Months went by. I decided to keep looking for another B5 Passat. As the author wrote, the B5.5 just looked 'over done'. October this past year I found my Cinderella slipper - an early 2001. Same silver color. Same black leather interior. Same 1.8T engine. Same 5 speed manual transmission. I was happier than a pig in sh!t. But a little sad also. I had replaced my baby. But life goes on. I drive it every day to work which takes me over some rather twisty freeway ramps. I love the light snarel as I charge up some steep hills on my way home. So, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Passat guy.
  • Paul Mezhir As awful as the styling was on these cars, they were beautifully assembled and extremely well finished for the day. The doors closed solidly, the ride was extremely quiet and the absence of squeaks and rattles was commendable. As for styling? Everything's beautiful in it's own way.....except for the VI's proportions were just odd: the passenger compartment and wheelbase seemed to be way too short, especially compared to the VI sedan. Even the short-lived Town Coupe had much better proportions. None of the fox-body Lincolns could compare to the beautiful proportions of the Mark was the epitome of long, low, sleek and elegant. The proportions were just about perfect from every angle.
  • ToolGuy Silhouetting yourself on a ridge like that is an excellent way to get yourself shot ( Skylining)."Don't you know there's a special military operation on?"
  • ToolGuy When Farley says “like the Millennium Falcon” he means "fully updatable" and "constantly improving" -- it's right there in the Car and Driver article (and makes perfect sense).
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