At the 2019 New York International Auto Show, Hyundai confirmed it will be building an N-branded Sonata, expanding on its plans to offer more performance cars across its lineup. , a Hyundai spokesperson said the Sonata N Line would offer "over 275 horsepower."
This performance-oriented Sonata will be the third "N Line" badged car in Hyundai's lineup, following the Veloster, Europe-only i30, and recently-unveiled Elantra GT hatch. In case you're curious, no, this isn't a full-blown "N" car like the Veloster N. It's more of an in-between model, sort of like BMW's mid-tier M Performance or Mercedes-AMG's 35- and 43-series cars.
The 275-horsepower number is a big jump over the new 2020 Sonata's most powerful engine, a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four. It's not clear which engine Hyundai will use for the N Line, but considering that 275 hp number is the same output as the Veloster N's 2.0-liter turbo when equipped with the optional performance package, we're guessing it'll be a version of that motor.
It's also not clear what sort of transmission the Sonata N Line will get—currently, the only choice of transmission for the car is an eight-speed automatic, but the Veloster N's 2.0-liter is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual. Hopefully the latter will be an option. the car will go on sale sometime in 2020.