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201 Bhp Hyundai i20 N high performance hatchback in the works for India

Hyundai India seems all set to bring its N-line high performance sub-brand to the Indian market. The first Hyundai N-line car for the Indian market is expected to be the all-new i20 N, which could be launched as early as mid-2021, according to ACI. The all-new Hyundai i20 N-Line could pack in as much as 201 Bhp, making it India’s most powerful hot hatchback. The Hyundai i20 N will be imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route.

Hyundai is expected to take advantage of the 2,500 car/year import  The car is likely to command a price tag between Rs. 25-30 lakh, which will make it very pricey for most buyers except hardcore enthusiasts. In fact, Ford is planning to launch the Focus RS hot hatchback in India at a similar price tag later this year, and this means that the Focus RS will be the direct competitor of the i20 N.

Diving into what the all-new Hyundai i20 N will offer to enthusiasts, the hot hatchback will be powered by a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 201 Bhp of peak power and 275 Nm of peak torque. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard, driving the front wheels of the car. The car weighs a little under 1,200 kilograms, and all this power and torque will propel it to a top speed of 230 Kmph.

The way is gets to its top speed is what will be more exciting for buyers, given the fact the the i20 N is capable of hitting 100 Kmph from standstill in just 6.7 seconds. Other key performance focused features on the car include Hyundai’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology,  a reinforced gearbox designed specifically for the all-new i20 N to cope with higher RPM and torque, a Mechanical Limited Slip Differential (m-LSD), five distinct drive modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, N and N Custom, and launch control.

A range of new safety features offered on the 2021 Hyundai i20 N include the following:

  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist-City / Interurban / Pedestrian / Cyclist (FCA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)
  • Driver Attention Warning System incl. Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA) (DAW+)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
  • Rear view monitor with parking guidance (RVM)

While the Hyundai i20 N will be introduced in India as a brand builder, the automaker will bring in other, lower priced offerings and brand it as the N-Line range. An important high performance offering to be introduced under the N-line range is the i20 N-Line, which will be produced in India, and be offered to buyers at a price range between 12-13 lakh. This car will be faster and sportier than the regular i20 but will not be as tech-focused as the i20 N. It’ll get sharper suspension, a 120 Bhp turbo petrol engine, a raspier exhaust note and a few other changes to justify the N-Line badge.