Hyundai standing by sedans, 2024 Elantra N keeps its manual
Hyundai revealed a freshened 2024 Elantra lineup this week, doubling down on a commitment to sedans when others are leaving the body style. Also updated for 2024: The muscular Elantra N, with its 276-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a standard six-speed manual transmission.
“The 2024 Elantra is proof of Hyundai’s commitment to design-forward vehicles with innovative technology,” said José Muñoz, president and Global COO of Hyundai Motor Company and president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America. “The car market has stabilized, and Hyundai remains committed to sedans as a part of our lineup at a time when some manufacturers have abandoned the segment. Our car mix is higher than the industry.”
“Our development direction was to refine the Elantra outside and inside,” said Simon Loasby, Hyundai design director. “We’ve added customer-friendly features and created a more unique, purposeful, and playful character. We have emphasized Elantra’s bold, dynamic exterior design achieving what we call Parametric Dynamics, conveying new emotions to customers through geometrically separated beauty. Elantra has a new shark-nosed character that gives the car an aggressive, wider stance.”
Outside, the 2024 Elantra gets that new “shark nose” front and a new rear fascia, thinner LED daytime running lights with a metallic bar connecting them, new front fenders, a new two-piece grille with body-colored center element, a new flat stainless steel Hyundai emblem and a new rear diffuser with a wide U-shaped silver element. There’s also new alloy wheel designs and four new colors.
Inside, there’s a new instrument cluster; the standard sound system now has six audio speakers and the Bose Premium Audio with eight speakers is now standard on Limited and N-Line trims. A 10.25-inch infotainment system now standard on SEL trims and above.
The flagship Hyundai N retains its manual transmission (!) and gets multiple tuning enhancements, as well as the exterior refresh that all the Elantras get. It’s a particularly welcome improvement on the Elantra N, whose front end now looks much less like a gaping maw of piano-black plastic. The N also now wears freshened new side sills, 19-inch forged alloy wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, a new rear wing spoiler, a new rear fascia with diffuser, dual exhausts, a new steering wheel and shift knob, and a new instrument cluster/infotainment system. There are also revised light sport bucket seats with an illuminated logo.
The 2024 Elantra goes on sale later this fall. Pricing is to be announced, but today’s 2023 Elantra starts at $20,950.