Couple of months ago, South Korean car manufacturer had revealed the performance oriented version of their premium hatchback i20 internationally. The performance version of the Hyundai i20 is known as the i20 N and it is the smallest high-performance hatchback from the manufacturer. As expected, it is also a lot more faster than any other regular i20. Hyundai had launched the latest generation i20 in Indian market few months ago and the i20 N is also based on the latest version. Even though, it looks a lot like regular i20, a lot of things are different from the regular hatchback. Here we have a set of images that shows how i20 N is different from regular version.
Starting with the front, the hatchback gets a redesigned bumper. It looks a lot more sharper than the regular version and the front grille looks a lot more bigger than the normal version. There is lip spoiler at the lower part of the front bumper which gets red highlights. The front grille also gets N badging on the gloss black grille which differentiates it from normal i20.
Moving to the side profile, the red accent that was seen on the front lip spoiler is seen on the side skirt and it is extended all the way back to the rear bumper. All the chrome elements on the regular i20 have been replaced with black or body coloured garnishes for a sporty appeal. The side profile also reveals the large 18 inch multi spoke alloy wheel which is in matte grey finish. As this is a performance oriented version, it gets disc brakes on all four wheels and the calipers are painted in red with N badging on them.
Moving to the rear, there is a clear lens split LED tail lamp with a reflector bar connecting the lamps. The design at the reat is exactly the same as regular version except for the fact that N version gets a spoiler mounted on the roof and there is a diffuser with red accents and single exhaust tip at the rear. i20N branding is also seen on the boot of the car.
Moving inside, it gets sports seat with integrated headrests. N branding can be seen on gear knob, steering wheel and seats as well. It is still a four door hatchback. i20N offers features like forward collision warning system, lane keep assist and departure warning system, forward collision avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision warning system, driver attention warning system, intelligent speed limit assist high beam assist and so on.
The i20 N is actually inspired by their World Rally Championship car. Unlike regular i20s, the N version powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates 204 Ps and 275 Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and weighs under 1,200 kilograms. The i20 N can do a 0-100 kmph sprint in 6.7 seconds and has a top speed of 230 kmph.
Hyundai currently has no plans to bring the N version to Indian market. In India, i20 is available with a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol, 1.5 litre tubro diesel and a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine options. i20 is available with a variety of transmission options and is currently the only vehicle in the segment to offer a 7-spped DCT and iMT gearbox.
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