While the current-gen Hyundai i20 Elite is reaching the end of its life cycle, there is a new high-performance i20 N version that has been caught testing on public roads.
It was in 2017 when Hyundai introduced an updated version of the current-gen Hyundai i20 and is now about to reach the end of its career in the not-too-distant future. However, a set of spy shots have emerged across the media channels recently that provide evidence to the fact that Hyundai hasn't given up on the current generation's dynamic capabilities just yet. The model on test is ultra-performance version of the i20, called the Hyundai i20 N variant.
Hyundai is working on an N variant of the i20 hatchback which is set to be launched in the international market early next year.
In recent times, there have been a number of rumours around the arrival of the new Hyundai i20 N across the globe. While all the evidence points to this actually being the new performance-spec version of the regular i20, the South Korean carmaker has not confirmed this fact. However, the first set of spy images show a silver vehicle being tested to its limit at the legendary Nurburgring track in Germany, we believe that the otherwise understated model is wearing all the right clothes that a Hyundai performance-spec N car does wear.
From the visual standpoints, the Hyundai i20 N sports a couple of cosmetic changes as compared to the regular version. These include bolder wheel arches, modified front-rear axles along with a redesigned rear bumper housing the dual exhausts. A larger and sportier wheels setup will be offered as well, complemented with lower-profile tyres that give the car a lower riding stance over the regular model. The front fascia of the new i20 N is quite similar to that of the regular version except for a snazzier bumper which accommodates an N badge.
The Hyundai i20 N version gets several changes on the cosmetic and mechanical front.
Performance-wise, the 2020 Hyundai i20 N might use a 1.6-litre turbocharged T-GDI four-cylinder engine that can pump out 174bhp, similar figures to that the Kona and Tucson siblings. Furthermore, there are also speculations claiming that the upcoming N variant of the i20 will even use a retuned version of the above engine that can output a more than the adequate power output of 200bhp. Expect the global launch of the Hyundai i20 N version to happen by the first half of next year. However, being the conservative society that we are, it is highly unlikely that the i20 N will make it to Indian shores.