The new Hyundai i20 N was first noticed in a production bodyMarch 14, 2020
This was at the beginning of the month when Hyundai “accidentally” released a teasing i20 N video before shooting it from YouTube, and now our spies photographed the upcoming car on camera.
There are additional tips that make us believe that this is a step forward compared to the usual i20 of 2020, which was supposed to debut last week at the Geneva Motor Show. The most obvious signs are more powerful brakes and a dual exhaust system, while the chunky roof spoiler hiding under camouflage reminds us of the aforementioned teaser.
This is indeed the first time that the i20 N has been spotted in a production body, since our previous meeting with South Korea’s response to the Ford Fiesta ST was in May 2019 when we caught a test specimen carrying the body of a previous generation model. Coincidentally, it had the same wheels and red brake calipers along with a dual exhaust and stiffer suspension setup that reduced the prototype’s ride height.
While some speculate that the i20 N will use a debugged version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter i30 N engine, we tend to believe that it will run on Hyundai-Kia 1.6-liter T-GDi engines. It produces 201 bhp. and 265 Newton meters of torque in the Ceed GT, which will be a good indicator for the competitor VW Polo GTI.
The official debut is likely to take place in the second half of the year, and in October the Paris Motor Show will be a suitable place for Hyundai, where the i20 N presentation will take place. It should go on sale in Europe either by the end of the year or by the beginning of 2021 to join an expanded N-shaped portfolio that will include the already peeped Kona N and possible full N-variants of the next-generation Nantra Elantra and Tucson.
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