Hyundai i20 N Line Previews Hardcore Hot Hatch

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Hyundai has announced the sporty-looking N Line version of its i20 hatchback. Given how great this Hyundai i20 N Line looks, we can't wait to see the fully-fledged N model.

Hyundai's N Line is not to be confused with the full-on N experience. N Line gives you the show, but not quite the go. Given how important design and image are, we think the new Hyundai i20 N Line looks the part. 

"With the all-new i20 N Line, we are bringing our stylish and sporty trim option to the i20 for the first time," says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. "With this new model, we are ensuring we can meet the needs of an even wider customer base by offering exclusive performance-styling inspired by our N brand to emphasise the motorsport roots of our brand."

To give the compact hatchback a sporty look, Hyundai has added sporty grey accents, a sleek rear bumper, triangle-shaped foglights and twin exhausts. There's also a black and white contrasting paint finish. Customers have the choice of 4 exterior colours too. There are also some good-looking 17-inch alloy wheels. The cabin gets a mild makeover, with N-branded sports seats which feature red stitching as well as an N steering wheel. There are also metal pedals as well as a leather N gearshift knob with red accents.

In terms of engines, the Hyundai i20 N Line is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine with 88 kW. Hyundai has given this motor some tweaks so its said to be a touch more responsive, while the exhaust offers an enhance driving experience. A 48-Volt mild-hybrid setup has also been fitted, which will aid fuel economy. 

If the Hyundai i20 N Line looks this good, we're eager to get our hands on the maximum-attack i20 N. Our first impressions of the bigger i30 N were good, it was a solid first-time effort from the Korean manufacturer. Engine details for the new i20 N have yet to be confirmed, but a 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine with at least 150 kW and 300 Nm is expected and a 6-speed manual transmission sending power to the front wheels is likely. It’s worth noting that Hyundai has developed a new 8-speed N Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) which will be offered on the Veloster N and i30 N, is also a possibility for the i20 N. 

The cabin of the Hyundai i20 N Line.

Further Reading

Hyundai i20 (2021) International Launch Review

Spy Shots: 2021 Hyundai i20N

First Images of Hyundai i20 N Emerge [w/video] 

2021 Hyundai i20 Revealed with more Details