Hyundai Elantra GT, Elantra GT N Line Dead In The U.S.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line is here, or at least several details of its exterior styling have been revealed ahead of a full launch for the upcoming model year. But its imminent arrival on the American market is not without losses.
In an official version, Hyundai unveils its 2021 model range which involves several postponements and of course, interesting range changes. The changes include the aforementioned Elantra N Line – but it will replace the Elantra GT and the Elantra GT N Line.
The compact sedan and its hotter counterpart both get the ax. This was explicitly mentioned in the release – the death of the Elantra GT N Line is obviously due to the Elantra N Line sedan.
The Elantra GT, on the other hand, is leaving the US market due to the inevitable – paving the way for the most profitable SUVs. As Hyundai put it, the Elantra GT has been “discontinued from the lineup due to the expansion of the SUV lineup which includes Venue and Kona”.
It should be noted that the Venue entered the US market last year, while the Kona receives a Night Edition and an EV version that rolls over to the 2021 model year. These two pint-sized crossovers ate lunch at the Elantra GT.
Sales figures for the Elantra (sedan and GT combined) dropped significantly from 2018 to 2019 (200,415 versus 175,094), just in time when the Kona gained momentum and the Venue entered the market. Kona’s sales figures fell from 47,090 to 73,326 during the same period, while the Venue, which sold in the fourth quarter of 2019, sold a total of 1,077 units.
Speaking of Venue, Hyundai said in the same release that it will be ditching the six-speed manual transmission for the 2021 model year, along with other minimal changes.
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Changes to the Hyundai model year 2021
Below is a summary of the changes to the Hyundai lineup for the 2021 model year. This document will be updated regularly, creating a one-stop shop for the latest news from the Hyundai vehicle lineup. For regular product updates and news, please subscribe to Hyundai News Alerts. You can also visit HyundaiNews.com for the latest news on sales, pricing, and technology. Visit the product pages on HyundaiNews.com for more information. The models included in this guide are:
2021 Elantra – All New
2021 Elantra Hybrid – All New
2021 Elantra N Line – New
Sonata 2021 – Report
2021 Sonata Hybrid – Report
2021 Sonata N Line – New
Accent 2021 – Postponement
2021 Veloster – Postponement
2021 Veloster N – Product improvement
2021 Ioniq – Report
Location 2021 – Postponement
2021 Kona – Postponed and adds Night Edition
2021 Kona Electric – Report
2021 Tucson – Postponement
2021 Santa Fe – Product improvement
2021 Palisade – Postponement and addition of calligraphy trim
Nexo 2021 – Postponement
Elantra GT – Dropped from lineup due to expanded SUV lineup that includes Venue and Kona.
Elantra GT N Line – Dropped from range and replaced by Elantra N Line under development.
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