Hyundai N-Line Cars Expected to Launch in 2024

Until a few years ago, Korean automaker Hyundai was renowned for producing practical and affordable cars targeted towards the mass market, with no specific emphasis on performance vehicles for enthusiasts in India. However, this narrative underwent a significant transformation back in 2016 with the introduction of the brand’s high-performance sub-division, distinguished by the letter N. Much like how "M" represents performance for BMW, "N" signifies a sub-brand for Hyundai dedicated to prioritizing performance.

   
Hyundai N-Line Cars Expected to Launch in 2024

Hyundai asserts that the "N" designation embodies two crucial elements. Firstly, it pays homage to the Namyang district in South Korea, the location of Hyundai's Global Research & Development Center and the birthplace of the 'N' brand. Secondly, it acknowledges the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, housing Hyundai's European Technical Center and serving as the testing ground for all 'N' models. The 'N' logo itself takes inspiration from the shape of chicanes on racing circuits, symbolizing the performance-oriented nature of Hyundai's 'N' lineup.

Similar to “N,” the N-Line trim follows a similar philosophy, although it does not completely overhaul the driving experience in pursuit of sportiness. In essence, the N-Line is a more accessible version of the full-blown “N” cars, offering a touch of performance without entirely transforming the driving dynamics.

Hyundai Creta N-line

Creta

Given the remarkable popularity of Hyundai's best-selling SUV, it is reasonable to anticipate the development of an N-Line version. The Hyundai Creta, launched back in 2020, is due for a facelift which is expected to debut in Q1 of 2024. Bringing the N-Line to the mid-size crossover segment would add a touch of excitement, serving as the icing on the cake.

What’s interesting is that the manufacturer launched the Hyundai Creta N-line back in 2022 for the South American market. So it is possible to expect the N-Line version launch of the upcoming facelift which will directly go up against the Volkswagen Taigun GT. 

Currently, the Kia Seltos GT holds the title of the sportiest SUV in its class, closely followed by the Volkswagen Taigun GT. Given the striking similarities between the Creta and Seltos—sharing the same platform and similar engine options—Hyundai could effortlessly introduce a slightly different yet compelling alternative to its Korean cousin. Armed with valuable feedback on the inadequacies of the Seltos, Hyundai can leverage this knowledge to enhance certain aspects, such as addressing issues like the notoriously stiff suspension found in the Seltos. Overall, with the Seltos the handling department could use some improvement, especially when compared to its German rival, the VW Taigun GT. Hyundai could also boost the performance by elevating the output of the fantastic 166-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor found in the Hyundai Verna and the Kia Seltos.

Moreover, Hyundai typically adds flare to the looks of its N-Line models. If brought to market, expect a few special color schemes inside and out. Bigger wheels, a sportier exhaust, and more aggressive tires will position it as the performance SUV to get.

Read Also: Why is the Hyundai Creta So Popular in India?

Hyundai Verna N-Line

Verna

Since its launch in 2022, the New Verna, with its polarizing design, has claimed the title of the sportiest midsize sedan on sale in India, dethroning the Volkswagen Virtus GT in overall performance and handling both. Boasting slightly more power than the Virtus GT, the Verna utilizes the same 1.5-liter Turbocharged four-cylinder unit found in the Kia Seltos GT Line, producing an impressive 166 horsepower. Despite its powerful performance, the Verna, being a family-oriented sedan, lacks a bit of flair that could be further refined by the introduction of an N-Line variant.

Hyundai can draw inspiration from their incredibly successful and impressive Elantra N, currently available in North America. Enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the infusion of sportiness and enhanced aesthetics in the Hyundai Verna. This could include the addition of aggressive bodywork, including side skirts and a rear lip spoiler, complemented by Hyundai’s signature N-Line color schemes and slightly larger wheels.

Furthermore, enthusiasts would highly value a more sophisticated suspension setup featuring a lower stance, coupled with a re-calibrated steering system that prioritizes steering feel over comfort. This commitment to dynamic handling promises an elevated and engaging driving experience, aligning seamlessly with the expectations for the N-Line variant. While the N-Line version of the Verna is anticipated to maintain its 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, achieving an even higher power output from this already impressive power plant would be truly remarkable. Additionally, a re-calibration of the seven-speed DCT to prioritize the speed of the shifts would be a fitting enhancement, further enhancing the sporty and responsive nature of the Hyundai Verna N-Line.

While the Verna is already a great car to own, the introduction of the N-Line version could transform it into the sedan of choice for enthusiasts, combining the practicality of a family-oriented vehicle with the dynamic elements that make driving a truly exhilarating experience. This would position the Verna N-Line in a class of its own as enthusiasts do not have many options left in this price segment.

Read Also: All-New Hyundai Verna: New vs Old

Volkswagen Virtus
Starting at ₹ 11,55,900
EMI Starting at ₹ 16,214
Get the deal
Hyundai Verna
Starting at ₹ 11,00,400
EMI Starting at ₹ 15,436
Get the deal
KIA Seltos
Starting at ₹ 10,89,900
EMI Starting at ₹ 15,289
Get the deal
Call Now