The first hot hatch developed by Hyundai’s N division, the i30N, received great reviews and now the automaker is reportedly working on a hot version of its i20 supermini.
Reports about a Hyundai i20N have been multiplying lately, with the latest coming from Autocar, who claims that the project was originally scheduled for a 2018 launch but was pushed back due to the company’s electrification strategy.
Hyundai is planning to launch the hot N version of the i20 hatchback in early 2020 as a rival to the likes of the Ford Fiesta ST and VW Polo GTI. It is expected to feature the full N treatment, meaning a lower and stiffer suspension, bigger brakes and sharper steering, along with sportier styling. There’s no info concerning what engine it will use, with the most likely candidate is the brand’s 1.6 T-GDI four-cylinder.
The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine produces 174hp under the bonnet of the Hyundai Tucson, but in order for the i20 N to pose a serious challenge against the Fiesta ST, its could be tuned to deliver close to 200hp.
Following the launch of the i20N in early 2020, Hyundai is will unveil the N version of the Tucson. The first N-branded SUV is expected to arrive in the market a few months after the i20N, with over 300hp and all-wheel drive.