Based on the Elite i20, this is the first product of Hyundai’s newly established N performance division and as you can see it has received a series of exterior tweaks, starting off with the sportier body kit featuring beefier front and rear bumpers, enlarged side skirts and a rear spoiler while the N badges and larger 17-inch alloy wheels denote this is a spicier version of the five-door hatchback.
Its heart and soul is an uprated version of the four-cylinder, 1.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine which now churns 115 bhp and 160 Nm of torque transferred to the front wheels with help from a six-speed manual gearbox. Moreover, Hyundai’s engineers have installed a free-flow cat back exhaust system made from stainless steel while the suspension springs now have a stiffer calibration to make the i20 N more agile, especially around corners.
Stopping power is provided by a four-channel ABS system with EBD on all four wheels with ventilated disc brakes for the front axle and solid discs at the rear.
It will be interesting to see whether the three-door i20 will also receive the N treatment and it would be a shame if it didn’t since the coupe is probably more suitable for a sportier derivative and chances are it would probably attract younger buyers.
It’s not known at this point whether Hyundai India plans on offering this higher performance version of the Elite i20 in our country, but we will keep you updated once we found out more details. Until then, the i20 N will premiere in a couple of weeks at the Frankfurt Motor Show where Hyundai will also provide a first glimpse at its next generation of the i20 WRC rally car which will obviously be based on the latest i20 supermini and is set to compete in next year’s WRC edition.