The Hyundai i20N hot hatch has been teased again in a promotional video out of Europe, as it gets ready to go into production.
Hyundai Australia is yet to confirm if the smaller sibling to the Hyundai i30N will be available in local showrooms.
However, every time we ask about the prospects of the Hyundai i20N coming to Australia, representatives tell us all Hyundai N models are on their wish list and they would like to expand the local line-up.
In the first video released earlier this year we saw a silhouette of what we believe might have been a Hyundai i20N.
In the latest video released this week, a camouflaged Hyundai i20N is put through its paces on an ice lake in Sweden with a bunch of other hot Hyundais.
Behind the wheel is Hyundai’s factory World Rally Championship driver, Thierry Neuville (pictured below).
He delivered Hyundai’s first WRC win in 2014 – after rolling six times during the shakedown ahead of the Rally of Germany. The car was repaired in time for the event; Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul finished the rally in first position.
Neuville has been near the front of the WRC field ever since, notching up more than a dozen wins since 2014 and narrowly missing the driver’s title after placing second in the standings over the past four seasons in a row.
Why are we telling you this? Because we don’t know much about the 2021 Hyundai i20N, so we figured we would share some of the back story.
Hyundai is yet to reveal what’s under the bonnet, but if we were to take an educated guess we reckon there’s a fair chance an uprated version of the company’s 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine (from the Hyundai Veloster and Hyundai i30 N-Line) could make an appearance matched to a six-speed manual.
We’re not sure if a twin-clutch auto will be available from the get-go, not available at all, or introduced at a later date, as per the staggered introduction of the Hyundai i30N auto (due to join the six-speed manual later this year or early next year after some delays).
Based on statements in the video, we’re guessing the Hyundai i20N has some advanced traction control and stability control settings – and a bi-modal exhaust or some kind of sound enhancer – as per its bigger brother, the Hyundai i30N.
In the meantime, here's what Hyundai’s WRC rally driver said about his quick spin in the car.
Of course, he’s not exactly going to be impartial given that Hyundai pays his wages.
However, for what it's worth, here’s a summary of what he said after driving the first prototype of the Hyundai i20N.
“Very interesting car, very precise, very easy handling,” Neuville said on the Hyundai promotional video. “The electronic systems are helping the driver to keep control all the time.”
“The engine is … very nice,” said Neuville. “The noise is really interesting as well. I’m really looking forward to get this one and … drive it in the WRC.”
Here are the short and long videos so you can check out the footage for yourself. The Hyundai i20N is towards the end of each video.