Hyundai i20 N-Line revealed - Ford Fiesta rival previews i20 N hot hatch

The i20 hatchback has been given performance-inspired tweaks with the new N-Line edition 

The full-fat i20 N is still under wraps, but to tide us over until it’s revealed in a few weeks Hyundai has shown off the lesser i20 N-Line variant, with interior and exterior changes inspired by the marque's performance division. Pricing is yet to be announced, however European sales will begin in spring of 2021.

The UK will receive only the top of the range 1-litre turbocharged three-cylinder, packing 118bhp and 127lb ft of torque – a six-speed manual is standard, however an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. The i20’s key rival, the Ford Fiesta ST-Line, is available in both 94bhp and 123bhp forms, but the latter only when specified up to £21,885 ST-Line X trim. 

> 2020 Hyundai i20 N spied testing on the Nürburgring

Hyundai hasn’t just applied new styling features, but also worked on improving powertrain response, while also fettling the McPherson strut suspension for improved handling and tweaking the exhaust system for a sportier soundtrack.

As with other N-Line models, the i20 features a bespoke front bumper, revised grille pattern that references a chequered flag and N-Line badging. A new set of two-tone 17-inch wheels is also part of the package. Move to the rear and you’ll spot a refreshed bumper, now sharper in design and featuring a triangular fog light similar to the brake light on the i30 N hatch. The rear bumper is finished off with chrome exhaust outlets and clear brake light lenses.

While commenting on the design of a supermini like the i20 N-Line might sound a little mundane, Hyundai often shares the exterior design elements seen on full-fat N models with these lesser N-Line cars, which in this case gives us our best look yet at the new i20 N we’ll see in a couple of weeks. 

The cabin has also been given an N-inspired overhaul, with more supportive N-branded sports seats, performance-oriented steering wheel, metal pedals and a leather N-branded shift knob included in the upgrade.

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