Hyundai recently teased that they will be launching the N-Line variants of their vehicles in the Indian market. We already know that the first vehicle to get launched under the N Line will be the i20 premium hatchback. The N Line will be a performance hatchback and will be offered in three variants. Now, the launch date of the Hyundai i20 N Line has also been leaked. It will get launched on 24th August.
The N Line i20 will be offered only in one engine option. It will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that comes with direct injection. The engine puts out 120 PS of max power and 172 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There will be no manual gearbox on offer.
The N Line will be offered in three variants. There will be N6, N8 iMT and N8 DCT. The N6 will be based on the Sportz variant of the i20 whereas the N8 will be based on the Asta variant of the i20. The N6 will come only with an iMT gearbox whereas the N8 would be offered with an iMT as well as a DCT.
iMT gearbox is exclusive to Hyundai vehicles right now. It is basically a clutchless manual gearbox where the driver does not need to modulate or operate the clutch but he still has to change the gears through the gear stick. So, the driver can stay relaxed while driving in bumper to bumper traffic as he would not have to continuously modulate the clutch. He also gets to operate the gear stick while driving enthusiastically. So, the iMT can be considered the best of both worlds.
Being a high-performance variant, the exhaust note is expected to sound a bit sportier. It will sit lower to the ground. So, expect the ground clearance to get decreased. The stock ground clearance of the i20 is 170 mm. The suspension would also be upgraded so now it would be more firmer. This will be done to make the hatchback feel more planted and handle better. Yes, the ride quality of the N Line will not be as good as the regular i20 but the driver will have more fun will carving out the corners.
Most of the changes to the N Line will be cosmetic. It will get a more aggressive front bumper with piano black grille which will be different and it will also have an N-Line badging. At the sides, there will be side skirts and more sporty looking 17-inch alloy wheels. The regular i20 gets 16-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, also there will be a sportier bumper with a diffuser and twin tip exhaust. There could also be some N Line exclusive paint schemes and the interior might also get sportier looking seats and there could be a different steering wheel too.