Hyundai's New Hatchback Is Getting The N Performance Treatment

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Check out the Hyundai Veloster N's little brother getting a workout at the Nurburgring.

It was around a month ago when Hyundai lifted the wraps off the new i20, but the Korean automaker's N performance division is wasting no time cooking up a hotter version of Hyundai's latest hatchback. Our spies have caught the high-performance Hyundai i20 N attacking the Nurburgring - think of it as the little brother of the Hyundai Veloster N.

The prototype is heavily camouflaged so most of the design details are disguised, but it doesn't take a lot of imagination to envision what it will look like since the regular i20 has already debuted.

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To spice up the exterior, the front end will sport larger air intakes and a lower spoiler. The suspension is also firmer and lower giving the hatchback a sportier stance, and the twin exhaust pipes indicate we're not looking at the regular i20. Elsewhere, the wheels are housing larger brakes with red calipers and there also appears to be a roof spoiler hiding under the camouflage.

While the regular Hyundai i20 is offered with a 1.0-liter turbo engine producing up to 118 horsepower, the Hyundai i20 N will most likely be powered by Hyundai's 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo that produces 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque in the Veloster hatchback and Elantra sedan.

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Hyundai's new hot hatchback is expected to debut in the second half of 2020. Unfortunately, it won't be coming to America to fill the void left by the Ford Fiesta ST since the regular i20 isn't sold in the US.

Do not despair, however, because Hyundai is plotting N performance versions of several US models. We recently spied a prototype of the long-rumored Hyundai Kona N, which is expected to have around 250 horsepower on tap. According to a recent report, the Hyundai Elantra will also get the high-performance N treatment.

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