Hyundai Sonata N is possible, says Hyundai's design chief - Report

14/04/2017 - 11:05 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Every Hyundai model could get the 'N' variant theoretically.

While the Hyundai i30 N continues with its final testing ahead of late-2017 launch, a new report from has revealed which more Hyundai models could receive an N high-performance variant in the future.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Turbo front three quarters
The current Hyundai Sonata recently received its mid-life facelift.

Speaking to the Australian publication, Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer, Hyundai Motor Group, revealed that a Hyundai Sonata N is a possible model for the future. "It’s not planned at the moment but theoretically I could imagine it yes," Mr. Schreyer said. "It would be fun to do," he added.

The South Korean automaker's design chief said that for the time being, only a select group of cars are planned for the Hyundai's N high-performance sub-brand, but theoretically every model could get the N treatment, including the Hyundai Santa Fe that is due for a lifecycle makeover.

Questioning the common expectation of more aggressive styling design for the performance variants of regular cars, he said: "Why does it have to look more aggressive? N brand means to have better performance, it doesn't mean aggressive design."

"People always combine performance with aggressive, but it should not be aggressive (in looks)."

Hyundai RN30 concept front three quarters
The Hyundai i30 N will hit the markets later this year as the first Hyundai N performance model this year. It was previewed by the Hyundai RN30 concept last year.

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As for the Hyundai i30 N that comes out this year, it will sport a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 250 PS as standard or 275 PS with an optional package. A 6-speed manual transmission will send power to the front wheels. The hot hatch will rival the VW Golf GTI and the likes.


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