New Hyundai i20 N spotted at the NurburgringJuly 26, 2020
The charged Hyundai i20 N will debut next year, competing with the Ford Fiesta ST.
Photospies have noticed that the new “charged” hatchback Hyundai i20 N during testing at the Nurburgring before its official debut. The new Korean brand will enter the UK market in 2021, competing with the Ford Fiesta ST.
These latest spy shots reveal some new styling details for the Hyundai i20 N. The prototype has the same sporty body kit and large rear spoiler as previously tested cars, but Hyundai has fitted a new oval exhaust system that could fit into a production car.
New exclusive images give a glimpse of what the marketable i20 N might look like when it hits UK showrooms next year. It will share the body style with the new third-generation i20 hatchback, but it will feature many cosmetic and functional improvements, including a wider wheelbase, larger rims, improved brakes, and a lower suspension.
The i20 N’s interior will receive a similar sports outfit – everything will be carefully selected to keep the hot hatchback with the Fiesta ST competitive on price. As such, the main interior changes will be new sports seats, a sports steering wheel and an N-shaped gear lever.
Despite the design similarities to the standard i20, Hyundai remains adamant that the i20 N will not drive like an entry-level car thanks to its unique steering and suspension system. Both were honed at the Nurburgring, which Albert Biermann (who previously headed BMW M) believes is an important factor for the long-term success of the N brand.
In the mass market, the third generation i20 is based on a new platform – and while the new car was launched in the UK with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, the supermini chassis can also accommodate the Korean company’s four-cylinder engines.
Hyundai’s most recent teaser video has almost completely confirmed the company’s plans to use a taller, displacement four-cylinder in the i20 N, which should give its hot supermini enough clout to compete with the Fiesta ST and Polo GTI – both of which produce 197bhp.
Since it is costly to develop a completely new engine, we expect Hyundai to use a modified version of the existing i30 N turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an expected output of around 200 hp. The prototype in the company’s recent teaser video also featured a new exhaust for the model, which is very similar to the one used for the i30 N.
The engine should be mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and due to its relatively light curb weight, the i20 should hit 0-100 in 7.0 seconds and top speed in excess of 140 mph. Buyers should also get a range of driving modes and a fairly sophisticated traction control system.
The I20 N will be introduced at a time of growing uncertainty for small, fast hatchbacks, due to the latest European fleet-wide emission regulations that car manufacturers must comply with or face heavy fines. As such, low-volume, high-CO2 projects like the i20 N are becoming increasingly difficult to justify for car companies.
Hyundai, however, has a good start on its pure electric and hybrid technology, with the all-electric Ioniq hatchback and Kona crossover. Thus, he has some leeway on average for the CO2 fleet for the game – hence the appearance of the new i20 N.
Moreover, we expect the starting price for the i20 N to be around £ 20,000, which should give Hyundai’s main sports supermini a competitive edge.
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