Hyundai is working on a faster, more nimble iteration of its i30 N hatchback. Here's what we know so far.
The report shared by CarAdvice highlights just how determined Hyundai is when it comes to its performance hatchback.
Hyundai's i30 N has been well-received globally and the brand is working on a facelifted model. Given the advancements in the segment with the imminent arrival of the all-new Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI, new versions of the Ford Focus ST and Honda Civic Type R, as well as the launch of the Renault Megane RS300 Trophy, Hyundai's N division will be hellbent on creating as much a storm as they did when the first i30 N launched. Impressively, Hyundai Australia says sales are almost double than what they expected, showing there's demand for an involving and engaging hot hatch.
What can we expect from the new model? Mechanically, the key change here will be the introduction of an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission that will be offered alongside the 6-speed manual. Granted, while manual gearboxes are great for engagement, the majority of sales have always leaned towards the 2-pedal setup as it's just easier to drive in traffic. CarAdvice believes the updated Hyundai i30 N will also receive some updates to the steering and suspension setups and for those that play the numbers game, there should be an increase in power too.
In 2019, Albert Biermann who leads the performance projects, said Hyundai would "crank a little bit more power out of it when the eight-speed auto arrives." Along with the mechanical performance updates, expect a new-look front end, not too dissimilar to the 2021 Hyundai i30 N-Line you see at the top of the page.
As a reminder, the Hyundai i30 N currently produces 202 kW and 353 Nm from a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine.