Hyundai launched the all-new i20 in the Indian market last year. The premium hatchback that takes on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Tata Altroz in the Indian market will soon receive a performance variant in the Indian market. Hyundai will debut its high-performance series of vehicles that is known as the N Line with the i20 in the Indian market. Before the official launch later this year, Hyundai has started testing the upcoming car on the streets.
This is the first time that someone has spotted Hyundai i20 N Line testing on the Indian roads. The image comes from GaadiWaadi. Hyundai is currently testing it in the national capital – New Delhi. While the test mule is heavily camouflaged, the shape of the vehicle reveals that it is the N Line i20. Hyundai has unveiled the car already in the international markets. The launch is expected to happen early this year.
We are not sure if Hyundai will bring the exact same car to the Indian market but the design changes in the N Line i20 should be identical to the international version. The hot hatchback gets a more aggressive-looking bumper and a grey contrasting stripe with a black grille. There are a chequered flag style pattern and a prominent N Line badge that sets it apart from the standard variants of the i20.
The international-spec model also gets a diffuser-style bumper in the rear that definitely adds an aggressive stance to the vehicle. There are also twin-exhaust pipes and triangular fog lamps that we get to see on the Hyundai i30. Internationally, Hyundai has announced four colour options for the N Line – Phantom Black, Aurora Grey, Brass and Polar White. Also, it gets dual-tone 17-inch alloy wheels.
In Europe, Hyundai will offer the N Line with a choice of two petrol engine options. There is a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that generates a maximum of 84 PS. The more powerful version will get the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that generates a maximum of 100 PS or 120 PS. Hyundai offers a 48V mild-hybrid system with the car in the European market. We are not sure if they will announce the same for the Indian market. The car also gets a series of tweaks that that makes the i20 N Line’s exhaust sound much sportier.
Even the cabin gets a few tweaks that make it sportier than the standard i20. There is N badging and red stitching throughout the vehicle. Also, the front seats are sportier and it gets a bespoke steering wheel. To add a sportier feel, Hyundai offers metal pedals and an N-Line branded leather gear knob.
Launch in India
Hyundai offers three engine options in the Indian market with the all-new i20. There are a 1.2-litre three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Hyundai is likely to launch the car with a higher configuration turbo-petrol engine. The price of the N Line is likely to be half a lakh more than the top-end trim and we may get the only one variant. The launch may happen in March or April.