Australian outfit Drive spoke with Hyundai's North American chief operating officer, Brian Smith, at the show, and he referenced the brand's unveiling of the Elantra GT N Line in January, the first model of its kind in the U.S. The N Line slots above the base models but below N performance vehicles like the recently introduced Veloster N.
Asked if an N Line version of the Venue was in the works, Smith told Drive, "There is. ... This is really going to be a vehicle that I think applies to that as well. I think the next one will be Sonata, but you're going to see more across the lineup."
Like the Elantra GT N Line, most of the changes are likely to be cosmetic rather than under the hood (though Smith left open the possibility of an eventual N performance version, saying, "Could be.") We'll have to see whether the Venue follows the Elantra GT N Line's example by tuning the suspension and chassis. That car will feature a lower front splitter, silver-accented grille, sport instrument cluster and N Line badging, among other styling upgrades.
Hyundai also promised an N Line version of its redesigned Sonata, boosting output to "at least 275 horsepower, and probably a lot more." The automaker has also been developing a Tucson N Line to join the i30 N Line, the European version of the Elantra GT, for the old continent, with a 340-horsepower Tucson N rumored to be in the works.