Hyundai introduced the all-new i20 in the Indian market last year and it has become a popular car in the segment. Hyundai currently offers three engine options with the all-new i20 including the performance-oriented 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit. The South Korean automobile giant is currently working to launch a high-performance version of the all-new i20 which is the i20 N-Line.
Hyundai will launch the all-new i20 N-Line as the first product from its N-Line high-performance series. The N-Line is the performance arm of Hyundai, just like the M is the performance arm of BMW and AMG is for Mercedes-Benz. While the N-Line products are available in many developed markets, it will be the first time that Hyundai will launch it in India.
The all-new i20 N Line is expected to arrive in the Indian market officially by the end of this year. Before the official launch, Hyundai has started testing the vehicle on the public riads and here is the first picture of the same. Posted by Autocar India, the upcoming vehicle was caught testing with a partial camouflage cover to hide the details.
The i20 N Line looks even more aggressive compared to the standard version. It gets signature N Line design elements that add a new front and rear bumper. New skirtings with a grey contrasting stripe, an all-black grille with a different “chequered flag” pattern and N Line moniker.
The rear looks much more different compared to the standard version of the i20. It gets a diffuser in the bumper, new triangular foglamps similar t o the i30 hatchback and dual-chrome exhaust tips. There are four colour options available with the i20 N Line in the international markets, we are not sure about the colours that will be available in India. Hyundai will also offer a different set of alloy wheels with the N Line variant.
Is it more powerful?
Interestingly, the Hyundai i20 N Line draws power from the same 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that is also available with the standard version of the car. It generates a maximum power of 120 PS and a peak torque of 172 Nm. However, it sounds much sportier and there are changes to the suspension, which will make it much more fun to drive. We are assuming that the suspension will become much stiffer than the standard variant of the vehicle. Hyundai only offers a 7-speed DCT or an IMT with the turbo-petrol engine option. We are not sure which transmission will be available with the India-spec i20 N Line yet.
The cabin is similar to the standard version of the i20. However, there are red accents and red stitching all over the cabin. It also gets bespoke steering wheel, metal pedals and N Line branding at a few places including the leather gear shift knob.
In the international markets, the i20 N Line takes on the likes of Ford Figo RS and even the Polo GTI. There is a more powerful 204 PS variant of the i20 N Line too. However, that is unlikely to make it to the Indian market.