Hyundai i20 was launched last year and received a very good response despite being on a pricey side. The Korean manufacturer might soon launch a performance variant of the i20 for the Indian market. Hyundai’s performance division is known as N-Line, it is what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz, M-Sport division is to BMW etc. The i20 N Line was recently spotted on a test on the Indian roads, hinting that the performance hatchback might soon get launched in the Indian market.
This is not the first time that the N-Line variant of the i20 has been spotted. It was earlier spotted in New Delhi and it was heavily camouflaged whereas in the current spy pictures only the front and the rear of the performance hatchback is covered with camouflage. This gives us a hint that the changes will be mostly cosmetic.
So, there will be new more aggressive front bumper and a rear bumper. In the spy shots, we can also see the i20 N-Line comes with a twin exhaust on the right side of the rear bumper which is not available on the current i20. We can also see some new alloy wheels and side skirts enhancing the sporty appeal of the hatchback. The outside rearview mirrors are also finished in black with the roof still painted in body colour. Currently, the maximum wheel size offered by Hyundai with i20 is 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels whereas the N-Line is expected to offer 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the i20 N-Line should also get some sporty upgrades. So, there can be different seats with red stitching and some other minor upgrades too. Hyundai knows that there is not a high demand for high-performance variants because of which they are not bringing the proper i20N which is a proper hatchback. The i20N is offered with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine produces 204 bhp and 275 Nm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and comes with a limited-slip differential. However, this engine will not be offered in India.
Powering the i20 N-Line should be the current 1.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol engine that produces 120 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 172 Nm. Where the i20 Turbo is offered with an iMT(intelligent Manual Transmission), we expect the N-Line to come with a 7-speed Dual-Clutch automatic transmission as standard.
The i20 is also offered with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 83 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 114 Nm. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission, which increases the power output to 88 PS. The 1.5-litre diesel engine is borrowed from Kia Seltos and is detuned. The engine produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 240 Nm. It is only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. As of now, there is no information available about the launch of the i20 N-Line.