The Hyundai i20 N Line marks the entry-point of the Korean brand’s N Line division in India and is being offered only on the range-topping 1.0-litre GDI Turbo iMT and DCT iteration.
At a time when SUVs are ruling the roost, a hot hatch clicks even better with driving enthusiasts. And well! That’s exactly what Hyundai’s intention is with the i20 N Line. So the much anticipated Hyundai i20 N Line has been finally unveiled and it looks quite sexy indeed. It marks the entry-point of Hyundai‘s N Line division in India and is being offered only on the range-topping 1.0-litre GDI Turbo iMT and DCT iteration.
For your perspective, the ‘N Line’ to Hyundai is exactly what the ‘AMG Line’ is to Mercedes globally. But India does not get the full-blown ‘N’ cars with punchier and performance-oriented engines. Updates are therefore limited to cosmetic modifications giving it a racy and sporty demeanor. So the front end gets a new cascading grille with matte black elements and the N Line logo. Then the aesthetics are underlined by a new, more muscular front bumper with sharp lines and edges going with its sporty look. And there are sportier alloy wheels and sleek side skirts as well complementing the diffuser on the front bumper. Dimension-wise, the i20 N Line will remain identical to the regular i20. The overall length remains at 3995 mm, a width of 1775 mm, and a height of 1505 mm. The wheelbase of the car will stand unchanged at 2580 mm.
Now similarly, the updates on the inside match the cars sporty exterior. You get an all-black cabin with black upholstery on the seats and you can see red dual stitching on all soft surfaces as well. The new flat-bottom steering wheel too is wrapped in leather and has the same red stitching and finally you have prominent N Line badging on the seats, N inspired gear knob and aluminium pedals among others. The feature list is identical to the standard i20 Turbo’s range-topping Asta trim with creature comforts like a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car suit, premium Bose surround sound system, wireless charging, auto climate control, cruise control and ambient lighting among others.
In terms of safety features, the new i20 N Line also comes with disc brakes for all four wheels, electronic stability control, hill assist control and vehicle stability management. Other features include – 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, emergency stop light, ISOFIX, rear parking camera with sensors, seatbelt reminder and more.
The Hyundai i20 N Line is powered by the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder GDi turbo petrol engine tuned to churn out 118 bhp at 6000 rpm and 172 Nm at 1500 – 4 000 rpm. As already mentioned, transmission options will include a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The DCT version goes from 0-100 kmph in 9.9 seconds. Hyundai also says that the steering geometry has been recalibrated to weigh up more at higher speeds and the suspension setup has been tuned for 30 per cent more damping.