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Hyundai teases i20 N in finished form

Lean and mean: the i20 N may be smaller than the i30 N but looks to boast a whole lot more visual menace.

The new i20 N compact hot hatch slated to arrive locally in H1, 2021

7 Oct 2020

HYUNDAI Motor Company (HMC) has given the world its first proper teaser images of the upcoming i20 N with the little hi-po light hatch tipped to arrive Down Under in the first half of next year.


Adorned in the now signature Performance Blue paint job, the two teaser images actually reveal just about all of the i20 N’s key styling features with the overall look being dominated by sharp angles and bold contour lines.


The first image has been captured from the side and shows the front wings, side of the front bumper, wheels and forward half of the front door.


Inspired by the i20 WRC car, the i20 N brandishes far more intimidating lines than its bigger i30 N sibling despite its diminutive size.


Flared wheelarches, a subtly bulging bonnet, aggressive 18-inch alloy wheels and gaping front intakes immediately catch the eye, as do the contrasting red chin, brake callipers and side skirts.


The second image meanwhile is an amalgamation of two shots showing a hint of the front end, flanks and rear end.


Here we see more of the same in terms of sharp angles and contours as well as our first proper look at the LED head-, fog- and daytime running lights, complemented neatly by matching tail-lights at the rear.


For an added hint of aggression, the roof, A-, B- and C-pillars are finished in ‘Phantom Black’ for what will be an optional two-tone finish.


While not overly clear in the images, HMC says the i20 will also come with a roof-mounted spoiler adding yet more visual menace while also boosting aerodynamics.


With powertrain details still to be confirmed, the common consensus is that the i20 N will be powered by a tickled-up version of the Hyundai Group’s existing turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol as found in the i30 N-Line and Kia Cerato GT.


Transmission duties thus far are being left to a six-speed manual although it remains to be seen if a dual-clutch self-shifter will be introduced.


Hyundai Motor Company Australia has shifted 45,219 new vehicles so far this year ending September, 21,270 units down on the same time last year.

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