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MIAS 2024: Hyundai PH launches high-performance N brand

The Elantra N and the Ioniq 5 N will be available locally

Hyundai stole the show with the N vehicles (and Piolo Pascual). PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

Among the several car companies that presented at this year’s Manila International Auto Show, it appears that Hyundai Motor Philippines stole the show. While fangirls were fawning over brand ambassador Piolo Pascual, “Nthusiasts” were excited for the launch of the high-performance N brand.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is the Elantra N TCR, a full-fledged race car that competed in international motorsports. Flanking it are the two N models that will be released locally: the Elantra N and the Ioniq 5 N.

We're glad that sports sedans, such as the Elantra N, are still around. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT AND SAM SURLA

HMPH currently doesn’t offer any sedans, but that will change with the Elantra N. The high-performance compact sedan comes with a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with 276hp and 392Nm. Since the Elantra N has an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, it has three exclusive features for the track.

N Grin Shift gives a temporary power boost for faster acceleration. Meanwhile, N Power Shift maximizes engine torque during upshifts. Finally, N Track Sense Shift takes care of the gear changes for optimal shifting.

The Ioniq 5 N is a sporty yet practical EV. PHOTOS BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT AND SAM SURLA

The Ioniq 5 N shows that electric cars don’t have to be boring. This high-performance EV packs a set of motors with 600hp and 740Nm, making this the most powerful N model to date. But N Grin Boost momentarily bumps up the performance to 641hp, allowing for a 0-100km/h time of 3.4s and a top speed of up to 260km/h.

N E-shift and N Active Sound work together to simulate the sensation of driving with an ICE. The former mimics the power delivery of an eight-speed DCT, while the latter recreates the noise of a roaring engine.

Energy is supplied by an 84kWh lithium-ion battery that allows for a range of up to 448km on a full charge. The high-performance EV also comes with features for energy usage and thermal management.

Since the Elantra N and the Ioniq 5 N are also daily drivers, they both come with a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Hyundai Smartsense’s suite of safety features.

The Elantra N costs P2,738,000, while the Ioniq 5 N goes for P4,250,000. To learn more about Hyundai N (or to express your interest in these models), you can visit HMPH’s site.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.