It seems like Hyundai is working on a sportier version of the i20 premium hatchback. The i20 N Line is already available in the international markets. The N Line version of the hatchback has been spotted on test previously also. This time the i20 N Line has been spotted in Faridabad as this is where Hyundai also has its Research and Development centre. The video has been uploaded by Bunny Punia on his YouTube channel.
The i20 N Line is expected to launch in the coming months. In the video, we can see that the i20 N Line wears a different set of alloy wheels and has twin exhaust pipes on the back. Both of which are not offered on the i20 till now. It might be possible that Hyundai upsizes the alloy wheel size from 16-inches to 17-inches for the N Line. Other changes we expect the i20 N Line to carry are a sportier front and rear bumper and there might be some new side skirts. This has been done to give a more aggressive look to the hatchback.
The headlamp and the tail lamp setup is expected to be the same as the current i20. So, there are angular front LED projector headlamps and a Z-shaped LED tail lamp. Interestingly, in the international market, the i20 is offered with a full LED headlamp which is not offered in India. From the earlier spy shots, we know that the outside rearview mirrors of the N Line variant will be coloured in black and the roof will also be coloured in body colour.
Powering the Hyundai i20 N Line will be the same 1.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine that is currently available with the i20, Venue and the Verna. The engine produces 120 PS of max power and 172 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or an iMT or intelligent Manual Transmission which is essentially a clutchless manual gearbox that offers the best of both worlds. We do not know which transmission the N Line version will come mated to.
Because the same engine will be offered with the i20, we expect that Hyundai will be tuning the suspension so that the i20 will feels more sporty and planted. The new i20 N Line should run a stiffer suspension setup which might not be good for ride quality but it will be for the enthusiasts that want their car to handle it better.
The cabin is also expected to come with some minor changes. We expect it to come with red stitching for the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear column. The leather upholstery will be finished in black with red stitching. The rest of the cabin design is expected to stay the same as the regular i20.
If you are not familiar with Hyundai’s N Line, it is what AMG is to the Mercedes-Benz, RS is to Audi and M division is to the BMW. The N Line modifies the regular vehicles of Hyundai to extract more performance and make them handle better.