Hyundai unveiled the i20 N Line yesterday. It comes with quite a few mechanical as well as cosmetic upgrades over the standard i20. The pricing of the i20 N Line has not yet been announced, but Hyundai has opened pre-bookings for it. You can pre-book the i20 N Line for Rs. 25,000 at Hyundai’s Signature outlets. The prices of the N Line will be announced in September.
Hyundai is marketing the i20 N Line as a sportier variant of the i20. So, it comes with retuned suspension that should improve the handling of the hatchback. The steering wheel also has more weight and feedback and 30 percent more damping. Then there is the addition of rear disc brakes to increase stopping power. Disc brakes perform better than drum brakes. The i20 N Line also gets a new exhaust that sounds sweeter and more aggressive than the stock exhaust. It also suits the look of the vehicle.
Engine and gearbox
The i20 N Line gets the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The engine also comes with direct injection. It produces 120 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 172 Nm. There are two gearbox options to choose from. You can either get a 6-speed iMT or intelligent Manual Transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Currently, only Hyundai and Kia offer an iMT gearbox. It is basically a clutchless manual gearbox. It offers the best of both worlds as the driver has to change the gears himself using the gear lever which many enthusiasts still enjoy and because there is no clutch the driver does not have to keep modulating it in bumper to bumper traffic.
Hyundai has also added paddle shifters behind the steering wheel if you opt for the dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Through paddle shifters, the driver can manually take control of the gearbox and choose to up-shift or downshift the gear himself.
To make the i20 N Line look sportier, Hyundai has added some cosmetic upgrades. It gets a different front bumper, a different grille with N Line badging and the front lip is finished in red. At the side, there are side skirts finished in red and the vehicle comes with dual-tone paint. So, the roof, outside rearview mirrors and the pillars are finished in black. There are also new dual-tone alloy wheels that still measure 16-inches in size but look sportier and gets the N Line logo instead of the Hyundai logo.
The interior also gets many upgrades. The cabin is finished in black and gets red accents throughout the cabin. So, the climate control, AC vents, door pads and gear lever have red accents. It also gets black leather upholstery with red stitching, chequered flag and N badge. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is a different three-spoke unit that looks sportier and gets red stitching. Hyundai has also given red ambient lighting to the i20 N Line.