The warmed-over hatchback shares a few sporty cues with its more powerful N sibling.
Hyundai is planning a range of warmed-over N-Line products slotted just underneath its hardcore N range. Already we’ve seen a heavily camouflaged i30 N-Line hatchback, finished with a light performance treatment, but now new spy photos show the handsome hatchback completely uncovered testing on the Nürburgring.
Like its more-hardcore sibling, the i30 N-Line adopts a number of sporty design cues. The front fascia gets more aggressive with a larger lower grille and a red accent detail on the diffuser. LED running lights are also embedded into the accenting grilles, and give the vehicle a more upscale look. The i30 N-Line also appears to get unique wheels over its standard counterpart.
Out back, a few of the same sporty design elements carry over. The bumper is now more sculpted, and a larger diffuser with red accents continues the aggressive theme. The same dual exhaust tips spotted on the prototype can also be found.
While the full-on N Performance model may produce 271 brake horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, don’t expect the same figures on the N-Line trim. With the standard i30 producing either 118 bhp or 138 bhp, depending on the trim, the i30 N-Line should be closer to 200 bhp.
Expect the i30 N-Line hatchback to launch in Europe in just a few months. The full-on N version, which is already available in the UK, costs £27,995. The N-Line will undoubtedly be less expensive when it does go on sale.