Ahead of a late 2021 Australian release, the 2022 Hyundai i30 N sedan has finally been revealed after a long teaser program. Based on the new i30 sedan (which replaced the Elantra nameplate), the i30 N sedan uses the same 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine as the i30 N hatchback and Kona N SUV – both models are scheduled for Australian sales just before the new sedan arrives with the new i20 N light hatch. Fitted with a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as standard, the i30 N sedan is capable of a 5.3 second 0-100km/h sprint.

“Hyundai Motor’s high-performance N brand constantly aims to provide customers with a range of exciting choices for increased driving pleasure,” said Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand Management & Motorsport sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company.

“i30 Sedan N is the purest expression of our mission to date.”

Under the bonnet of the 2022 Hyundai i30 N sedan is the same 206kW (213kW on overboost) and 392Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the i30 N hatchback. It’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – there’s no manual, unfortunately – as standard, which enables the car to launch from 0-100km/h in just 5.3 seconds using launch control. Top speed is claimed at 250km/h.

Helping put that grunt to the front wheels are a number of performance upgrades, including a limited-slip differential, grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres and an ‘Integrated Drive Axle’, which uses tech derived from rally cars that combines the driveshaft, wheel hub and wheel bearing into one unit, which reportedly shaves 1.7kg of weight.

360mm-diameter front disc brakes feature up front with high-friction performance brake pads, revised front and rear suspension geometry to help both road noise and road holding, four-point front strut rings, rear chassis strut braces, a new air intake, a multi-mode sports exhaust system, adaptive dampers and several driving modes including ‘N Track Sense Shift’ that automatically senses when the car is on a race track.

Stylistically, the 2022 Hyundai i30 N sedan builds on the i30 N Line sedan with larger 19-inch wheels, an even more aggressive body kit, a fixed rear spoiler, large diameter dual exhaust tips, a triangular reflector in the centre and plenty of red colouring to signify the N’s performance potential.

On the inside of the i30 N sedan, there’s plenty of Performance Blue stitching – N’s signature colour – while the dual-10.25-inch displays from lesser i30 models feature N-specific menus and features such as a lap timer. Front passengers sit in bucket seats with reinforced bolsters, or likely in the N Premium as the i30 N hatch and Kona N, special lightweight bucket seats that sit 10mm lower, feature a 50mm slimmer rear and an illuminated N logo.

The 2022 Hyundai i30 N sedan is due to go on sale in Australia in late 2021 with local pricing and spec to be announced before then.

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