Here, we have a computer-generated rendering of the upcoming Hyundai i20 N, which is the performance version of the next-gen i20.
Hot-hatches are quite the rage in European car markets, and we’ve seen plenty of carmakers cater to the enthusiasts by introducing performance versions of their regular passenger cars. Such cars offer good performance and handling, while still maintaining almost all the practical aspects of the original car. Hyundai has also catered to this end of the market with its ‘N’ range of cars, like the i30 N and Veloster N. Here, we have a digital rendering of the next-gen i20 N, which is expected to launch later this year.
The picture above, you can see that there are plenty of changes to the i20 N compared to the regular i20 (next-generation model). At the front, we see a redesigned front bumper which is lower than the one in the normal version. There is a large air dam in it, along with two gaping side vents as well. For added sporty character, there is lip spoiler added under the front bumper. It also gets new, larger, blacked-out alloy wheels, with non-ventilated disc brakes and ‘N’-branded callipers. Even the roof is blacked out, for added visual appeal. This is certainly one of the most interesting renders we’ve seen in a while, and we hope that the real-life version is as impressive as this.
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As for the engine, the upcoming i20 N will be powered by the same powerplant as the Veloster N- a 1.6-litre, turbocharged, inline-4 petrol engine. Maximum power and torque outputs are expected to be 204 PS and 260 Nm. There will be only a single transmission option available here- a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters.
While the i20 N looks promising, it won’t be coming to India. The price associated with a proper performance hatchback would make this an expensive proposition, perhaps too expensive to be successful. Instead, the India-bound i20 will have three engine options. The first one will be a 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated, inline-4 petrol engine with 83 PS and 114 Nm. The second one will be a 1.5-litre, inline-4, turbo-diesel engine with 100 PS and 240 Nm. The last engine option will be a 1.0-litre, turbocharged, inline-3 petrol engine. This motor is expected to generate 120 PS and 172 Nm, which would make the i20 the most powerful car in its class.