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Hyundai teases Elantra N Line sport sedan with new renderings

Hyundai is planning on bringing a performance version of the Elantra to U.S. dealerships.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai North America

Hyundai confirmed that the Elantra N Line was coming to a dealership near you when the 2021 Hyundai Elantra debuted earlier this year. New renderings released by the company show the front, back, and sides of the model but don't divulge what's underneath - perhaps the part that matters most.

The is the second set of teaser images Hyundai has released. In April the model was shown in camouflage.

The renderings reveal the model's low and wide styling. The face wears an N Line version of Hyundai's cascading grille, N Line badging, and a motorsport-inspired air intake. It wears side skirts and 18-inch alloy wheels with larger brakes than you'll find on the traditional Elantra.

Hyundai Elantra N Line

Hyundai Elantra N Line

Photo courtesy of Hyundai North America

The side mirrors, N Line window accents, and side skirts are all finished in the N brand signature gloss black. At the rear are single twin exhausts and a diffuser.

"Elantra N Line offers a more aggressive design that incorporates N Line's signature red accents inside and out at an attractive price," said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. "This will definitely satisfy those who are looking to join the Hyundai N community."

Hyundai is positioning the model to be the entry point for the N Line Brand, which already includes the Veloster N, i30 N, and i30 Fastback N, among others, in global markets.

Positioning the Elantra N Line as the lowest-priced model of the Hyundai N Line lineup, Hyundai is promising the cost will start lower than the $27,600 price tag of the Veloster N.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

Front crash

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.


Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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