In Europe, Hyundai has the i30 N with up to 270 bhp, while in the United States the automaker sells the Veloster N. But in neither market does the company offer a hot hatchback option below that, a la Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Polo GTI, Toyota Yaris GRMN, etc. But that's about to change.
With a new Hyundai i20 on the way for Europe, a hot N model (in line with the larger i30 and Veloster) isn't far behind. We've already seen photos of the i20 N prototype testing on the Nurburgring. But our rendering artists gave life to the upcoming hot supermini by way of Photoshop, and it looks pretty darn mean.
The i20 N concept shares a lot in common with the i30 N and Veloster N with which it draws its inspiration. The carbon fibre splitter treatment, red accents, and 10-spoke wheels wrapped in performance rubber are synonymous with Hyundai's N line. Here though, the i20 also gets a larger grille, a tiny rear spoiler, and more noticeable vent openings.
What we know thus far mechanically about the upcoming i20 N is that it will probably use a version of the company's turbocharged 1.6-litre engine. In the Tucson crossover, that same engine produces up to 176 bhp – but when looking at the competitive set, we expect final output in the i20 N to be closer to 200 bhp.
We'll know more closer to the Hyundai i20's official release date. We expect the supermini to show up sometime early this year. But the hot N model might take a little longer to debut.