While we've heard plenty about the upcoming Hyundai i30 N, a new report out of the UK suggests the company is considering a high-performance version of the smaller i20 light hatch, which could debut around 2019.
"Of course. Why would we limit ourselves? There are tons of hot superminis (light hatches): Polo GTI, Fiesta ST, Peugeot 208 [GTi] - even Toyota is doing one," he said, referring to the Yaris GRMN that isn't coming to Australia.
"There’s a good market," he added.
It makes sense for the little i20 to be the N division's next project, considering the second-generation hatchback - which isn't sold in Australia - forms the basis of the company's WRC race car (pictured), motivated by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine developing a whopping 284kW of power.
Reports suggest the i20 N would be powered by a version of the company's 1.6-litre turbocharged four, which already serves in sporty versions of the Elantra, i30 and Veloster, feeding drive to the front wheels - with the option of a electronic limited-slip front differential.
UK title Auto Express speculates the engine will be tuned to "about 200 horsepower (150kW)", a number already achieved by the Elantra SR Turbo, i30 SR, and Veloster SR.
In Europe, Hyundai already offers the i20 Sport (above), featuring an 88kW/172Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, offered solely with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive.
Australia doesn't get the second-generation i20 available in markets like Europe, however, as the local arm couldn't source the new light hatch at a reasonable price - instead, the Accent replaced the previous i20 as the Korean brand's entry-level model.
Most recently, following the reveal of the i20 Sport, Hyundai Australia's public relations manager, Guido Schenken, told CarAdvice: "The European i20 is always under evaluation for Australia, but with the current business climate it doesn’t work for us".