Following in the tyre tracks of the Hyundai i30 N-Line 'warm hatch' – which bridged the gap between mainstream i30 models and the full-blown i30N hot hatch – Hyundai is poised to give its small sedan sibling a modest performance boost.
The Hyundai Elantra will be renamed the Hyundai i30 sedan when the new model arrives in showrooms later this year. In addition, Hyundai Australia has confirmed it will add the i30 N-Line to the sedan line-up.
The company did not disclose any technical details but it's likely the Hyundai i30 N-Line sedan will share the same 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder (150kW/265Nm) fitted to the current Hyundai i30 N-Line hatchback.
The images of the camouflaged Hyundai i30 N-Line sedan – supplied by Hyundai rather than being spy photos – show the car's sleek proportions, sporty grille and low-profile tyres.
It is unclear at this stage if the Hyundai i30 N-Line sedan will come exclusively with a seven-speed dual clutch auto or also have the option of a six-speed manual. Both transmissions are currently available in the Hyundai i30 N-Line hatch.
As with the Hyundai i30 N Line hatch, the Hyundai i30 N-Line sedan is expected to pick up N touches inside and out, including a sports gear shifter with N logo, alloy pedals and leather-accented interior with N-Line red stitching.
CarAdvice believes there may be potential for a full-blown Hyundai i30 N Sedan in the future as well, especially once the eight-speed auto becomes available.
Hyundai's global head of research and development, Albert Biermann, previously expressed interest in creating N versions of most Hyundai cars – however whether an i30 N Sedan would compete too closely with the i30 N Fastback is yet to be seen.
The New Hyundai i30 Sedan – known as the seventh generation Hyundai Elantra in North America – is due to arrive in Australian showrooms in the second half of this year. Exact timing, pricing and equipment will be announced closer to launch.