If you happen to learn our earlier publish as we speak about Hyundai creating a driving mode for the upcoming electrical Ioniq 5 N that simulates the way in which a dual-clutch transmission shifts, it might be comprehensible in the event you had some questions on the way forward for Hyundai’s N sub-brand. However whereas that was actually odd, we even have information to share that’s unquestionably good: There’s going to be a second-generation Elantra N — at the least for People. Europe? Not a lot.
Talking to Australia’s CarExpert recently, N division boss Albert Biermann confirmed the eventual redesign of the Elantra N, which known as the i30 N in different markets. “The i30 N is sort of secure, at the least the sedan model, so we’ll see the next-generation automobile with a brand new petrol engine, because it’s already in our long-range plans,” he mentioned.
Information for the i30 N hatchback that we don’t get within the U.S., nonetheless, isn’t wanting so good. Blaming emissions laws, Biermann mentioned the i30 N is unlikely to come back again till Hyundai builds an electrical model:
In Australia we’re in a superb place. Different markets like Europe are dreaming and there’s a superb probability there can be no additional combustion engine N automobiles in some markets with Euro 7 laws looming. If we’re speaking EVs, then we may very properly see an all-electric i30 N in a hatch physique with our B- and C-segment plans, but it surely may take a while to get there, to get it proper. So there’s undoubtedly a future for an i30 N Hatch, as an EV in my opinion.
Whereas it might be nice to get the N hatch right here, we’d say America getting a redesigned Elantra N that Europe doesn’t get is greater than a good commerce. The present automobile is already extremely enjoyable to drive and handles higher than it has any proper to. Presumably, the following one can be even higher.