Hyundai's smallest hatchback has been given the sporty N Line treatment.
Last week, Hyundai lifted the wraps off the new i30 N hot hatchback for Europe, which could preview a more powerful version of the Veloster N coming to the US. Slotting below the i30 in Europe is the i20 subcompact hatchback. Spy shots have shown that Hyundai is cooking up a hardcore N version, but in the meantime, the i20 has been given the sporty N Line treatment. Joining other spiced-up Hyundai models such as the recently-unveiled Sonata N Line, the new i20 N Line features sporty exterior and interior design elements inspired by Hyundai's high-performance N range.
At the front, the sportier bumper is accented with a grey character line while the black cascading grille features an N Line badge and a grille pattern inspired by a chequered flag emphasizing the motorsport-inspired styling.
Other sporty styling tweaks that set the N Line apart from the regular i20 include grey accents, a new rear bumper, chrome exhaust tips, and a triangle-shaped fog lamp. Four exterior colors are available: Phantom Black, Aurora Grey, Polar White and Brass. The Polar White finish is also available with an optional two-tone Phantom Black roof. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels with a two-tone finish complete the exterior upgrades, while the suspension, engine response, and exhaust sound has been refined for a more engaging driving experience.
Inside, the driver and passenger sit in sports seats featuring the N logo and red stitching. Other interior enhancements include an N steering wheel, metal pedals, and a leather gear shift knob with red inserts.
Under the hood, the i20 N Line is powered by a 1.0-liter T-GDI turbocharged engine producing 118 horsepower, paired with Hyundai's Intelligent Manual Transmission. For improved fuel efficiency, the turbocharged unit is also available with a 48-volt hybrid system.
In Europe, sales for the i20 N Line will start in spring 2021. Since the Accent, which was available as a hatchback until 2018, already fills the role of Hyundai's entry-level model in America, the i20 has never been sold Stateside. Consequently, the i20 N Line and the upcoming i20 N will be forbidden fruit in the US unless Hyundai decides to give the Accent the N treatment since the models share the same platform.