The Hyundai i20 N Line should not be confused with the actual performance model i20 N. In terms of engine response, suspension, and exhaust tone, it’s essentially a sportier version of the ordinary i20. The i20 N Line was seen in India back in February. It was unclear at the moment if the sportier i20 would make its way to India, and Hyundai had remained silent on the matter. However, we now have assurance that the i20 N Line will be launched in India. The i20 N Line is a little sportier version of the regular i20, with a livelier, stiffer suspension, quick engine response, and a wild exhaust tone.
Here are five things to look forward in the i20 N Line:
1) Engines are unlikely to undergo significant changes.
We understand the debate is about what you should expect, not what you shouldn’t. Hyundai is delivering the i20 N Line, not the i20 N hot hatch, to India. The latter has more than 200 horsepower and would be far more expensive than the basic type. Meanwhile, the i20 N Line is powered by the same 1-litre turbo-petrol engine that powers the i20 and produces 120 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. The torque figure, on the other hand, maybe increased to 200 Nm. Hyundai may also provide a mild-hybrid powertrain that runs on 48 volts.
2) Improved Handling in the i20 N
While there won’t be any major improvements to the engine, we can expect significant adjustments to the ride. Hyundai is anticipated to modify the suspension on the i20 N Line to make it more responsive. This will most likely mean a stiffer setup for better cornering performance in exchange for a less-than-comfortable ride on a daily basis.
3) Changes to the Exterior
While the i20 N Line will, for the most part, appear like an i20, there will be a few cosmetic alterations. The N Line emblem will be added to the grille, the fog light housing will be altered, and the lower air dam will be eliminated entirely. The front bumper will be extensively altered to suit all of these alterations. The wheels should also be altered, though it’s unclear whether they’ll be the same as the European-spec version.
The i20 N Line’s layout at the back will be a more significant change from the conventional hatchback. The revised bumper will have huge reflectors on both sides and will look gigantic.
A triangle fog lamp has been placed in the centre. Hyundai will also add dual exhaust tips to the hatchback to increase its sportiness. All of these design cues come from the i20 N Line offered in Europe, and we expect the India-spec variant to follow suit.
4) Changes to the Interior
Hyundai will also update the i20 N Line’s interior to fit the updated exterior’s sporty mood. Metal inlays, crimson highlights, and even a different steering wheel design are all possibilities for the cabin. The gear shift lever will also be different, at least in the case of an automatic transmission. Hyundai will also add metal pedals to the mix to complete the aesthetic. All of the design aspects here, notably the exterior, are based on the European i20 N Line.
The i20 is already the most expensive hatchback in its market, but with these updates, its price will almost certainly rise significantly. The lone i20 N Line model is expected to start at Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom), which is Rs 60,000 less than the standard i20’s most costly variant (Asta Opt-Turbo DCT).