Hyundai has unveiled the sporty N-Line edition of its 2021 i20 Elite, in the European markets. This will be the first time the Korean carmaker will be adding its performance-oriented N badging to the i20 Elite. Although Hyundai is unlikely to bring this N-Line edition to India, the model is expected to be introduced in international markets in early 2021.
On the exterior, the i20 N Line edition gets a new revamped front bumper with a contrasting grey stripe connecting the triangular fog-lights, a black grille with a “chequered-flag” pattern and an N-Line badge to brag about the car’s sporty character. At the rear end, the car gets twin chrome exhausts below the new diffuser-style bumper. The N-Line i20 will be available in four choices, Phantom Black, Aurora Grey, Brass and lastly, a Polar White color option with a contrasting black roof.
Interiors: Sporty or modern?
When you think about a modern hatchback, you expect the interiors to be modern and futuristic, and also have that touch of sportiness, especially on cars like the N-Line. Hyundai has been trying to give its customers a balanced offering, which delivers the best of both the worlds. While the exterior has an aggressive and sporty design, the interior is kept almost like the standard i20, which comes with Hyundai’s Blue-link connectivity software and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. However, the hatchback does not entirely lose the sporty identity inside the cabin. It also gets the N badging and red stitching throughout, along with sporty front seats, a bespoke steering wheel, metal pedals and an N-branded leather gear knob. The additions to the cabin bring the Hyundai i20 Elite, close to what one would get with the typical hardcore N performance versions.
Track honed animal or stealthy commuter?
The European spec model of Hyundai i20 N line will be offered in two different options, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which produces 84 bhp of power, or a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine available in two states of tune, with power outputs of 100 bhp or 120 bhp. Both the power-trains will arrive with a 48V mild-hybrid technology to increase efficiency. However, Hyundai has made tweaks to the car’s suspension, accelerator response and exhaust note to enhance the driving experience.
As per the reports, the Hyundai i20 N Line edition will come equipped with a 7-speed DCT and a manual transmission. Also on offer, will be the iMT transmission to deliver the experience of hassle-free driving, without compromising on the joy of stick-shifts.
In India, the new Hyundai i20 will compete with the likes of Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Honda Jazz. The new Hyundai i20 will come with three engine options; the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol, the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel. Hyundai has already introduced the turbo version on the i10 Grand NIOS, Venue and Verna, and we would like to see how it fares on the N Line edition.