Hyundai has unveiled the much-awaited N Line version of its hot-hatch, the i20 – a sportier version of the best-selling i20
It is to be noted that the i20 N Line is the first N Line model that India will get. This opens up the possibility of Hyundai getting more N Line trims from the stable in the future. The bookings for the i20 N Line have officially started from today.
Hyundai’s performance-focused N range is what enthusiasts may miss, which includes mechanical changes and makes the cars more agile and sportier. It remains to be seen whether the N range will ever come to India.
India’s first Hyundai N Line
Coming to the N line, it gives the i20 a sportier and funky feel, though almost without any mechanical changes. The sporty feel of the N Line starts right in front. It gets a front grille with a checkered flag pattern and an N-Line badge.
Other key highlights of the i20 N line include new dual-tone alloys, faux diffuser on the rear bumper, dual exhaust tailpipes, gloss black inserts on the air scoop, deep-set fog lamp housing at the front, sporty color options with contrasting roof colors . . The suspension has been re-tuned for better performance around corners. Thanks to all four discs, braking power has been improved. The exhaust sound has also been modified.
Available exterior monotone color options include Titan Grey, Fiery Red, Polar White and Thunder Blue. The latter is a brand new color option for the i20 in India, and is exclusive to the N line. Dual tone options are on offer with Red and Blue with Black roof. On the inside too, the i20 N line gets sporty cosmetic highlights like bucket-style front seats, bespoke steering wheel, N-branded upholstery, metal pedals, prominent red highlights and a leather-stitched gear lever.
The i20 N line will be offered in two different trim levels, N6 and N8. The N6 will only come with a 6-speed iMT gearbox while the N8 trim will be available with both iMT and 7-speed DCT auto gearbox. There is no manual transmission on offer. What you get are paddle shifters with a DCT option.
A single engine option, a 3 cylinder 1 liter GDI turbo petrol motor that churns out 118 hp and 172 Nm of maximum torque, will be offered as standard. The N6 trim is technically based on the Sportz trim while the N8 DCT and N8 iMT will be based on the Asta (O) and Asta trims of the standard i20.
Pricing and Competition
Hyundai is yet to reveal the exact price of the i20 N line. The launch of the N-Line is expected in September’21. The price is expected to be around INR 80K – 1 lakh more than the standard trims of the i20. The current top-of-the-line i20 Asta (O) is priced at INR 11.4 lakh (ex-showroom). Currently, the i20 N line has almost no direct competition.
In terms of pricing too, the standard i20 sits at the far end of the price spectrum and hence with the addition of the N Line trim, there will be no other model that will be a direct rival to the hot-hatch at that price. Point.
However, customers will only evaluate the i20 N line versus many compact and sub compact SUVs, due to the expected pricing. After the launch of the i20 N line, Hyundai is expected to bring in the Casper, which will be a direct rival to the soon-to-be-launched Tata Punch.