Hyundai has just teased the launch of their N-Line vehicles in India. They have announced that they will be launching the first N-Line product in 2021 and more products will follow in subsequent years. The first product will be the i20 N-Line as it has already been spied on test in India quite a few times. The i20 N-Line should be launched in India this year only.
Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “As the country’s leading smart mobility solutions provider, Hyundai has been redefining the mobility landscape with products that take customer aspirations to new heights. The introduction of our N Line range to India, will induce sporty experiences like never before, making every drives a fun experience with products that personify excitement and athleticism. As an organization committed to India, Hyundai has been introducing superior products and services for customers. We have surpassed customer expectations and assumed leadership across various segments by winning the hearts and minds of our most valued customers. With N Line, Hyundai Motor India will continue to challenge new boundaries and introduce new cars that amplify the aspirations and personalities of new age Millennial and Gen Z buyers.”
The first product to come under the N-Line range will be the i20. Hyundai is emphasising three differentiating factors for the N-Line. The N-Line products will have
Motorsport Inspired Styling Cues
As we have seen from i20 N-Line that is sold in the international market. It gets sportier and has deeper front and rear bumpers. This will make the stance of the i20 much more aggressive than the regular i20. The front grille gets an all-black theme with an N-Line badging. It also runs on different alloy wheels and it also gets side skirts. At the rear, there is an integrated diffuser and twin exhaust pipes. The interior is also expected to get some sporty touches.
Accessible for All
Currently, there are not many “sporty” or enthusiast-focused vehicles in India. Hyundai is bringing N-Line vehicles to target those people only. People who want to have a bit more fun without having to spend a huge amount of money. Yes, the N-Line vehicles would cost a bit more than the regular variants of the i20.
The N-Line vehicles would come with the more powerful engine that Hyundai now offers. So, the i20 N-Line would come with a three-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The engine produces 120 PS of max power and 172 Nm of peak torque. It is still not known if the N-Line will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Hyundai would also retune the suspension of the N-Line vehicles. So, they would run a bit stiffer setup than the regular variants. This would make the ride quality a bit firm but the driver would be able to have more fun in the twisties.
It is still not known what other vehicles would Hyundai bring to India in form of N-Line. In the international market, Hyundai sells N-Line variants of Grand i10 Nios, Elantra, i30, Kona, Tucson and Sonata. We expect Hyundai to launch the N-Line version of Grand i10 Nios in India. Then they might work on N-Line versions of the Creta and Verna too.