A Hyundai i20 N hot hatch has been teased in a video in Europe and representatives in Australia say they are interested in selling the car here if it’s made available in right-hand-drive.
The pint-sized sibling to the Hyundai i30N hatch and fastback was shown at the end of a short video introducing the regular i20 range in Europe – and photo rendering ace X-Tomi Design has already worked his magic on what it might look like (pictured above).
The silhouette of what appears to be a Hyundai i20 N appears in the final moments of the video (pictured below).
While the Hyundai i30 N is powered by a turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder matched to a six-speed manual (an eight-speed dual clutch auto is under development), the Hyundai i20 N would likely adopt the turbo 1.6-litre four-cylinder fitted to the Veloster and i30 N-Line 'warm' hatches.
In those models, the 1.6-litre turbo four is matched to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed twin clutch auto.
Even in its existing form this engine would put the Hyundai i20 N in the ballpark when it comes to power and torque versus its likely rivals, and a big a step up on the standard new generation Hyundai i20 offered in Europe (pictured below).
The Hyundai turbo 1.6’s output of 150kW/265Nm compares to 147kW/290Nm for the upcoming turbo three-cylinder 1.5-litre Ford Fiesta ST and 147kW/320Nm for the current VW Polo GTI powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder.
However, it’s also possible Hyundai could extract more power from this engine in i20N guise.
A Hyundai Australia spokesman did not confirm the existence of the i20N but said that if such a car were to become available it would be on the company’s wish list.
“We would study the business case for any new N product if it became available,” said Hyundai Australia representative Guido Schenken.
“An i20 N would make sense given our i20 WRC program ... it's something we would be very interested in for our market.”