2021 Hyundai i20 N price, specs and release date
Hyundai’s Ford Fiesta ST rival, the i20 N, has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. Here is everything we know so far.
- Sporty styling for dinky hot hatch
- Interior set for visual upgrades
- May use 1.6- or 2.0-litre engine
- 200hp expected
- 0-60 in around 7 seconds
- On sale in 2021
The Hyundai i30N is one of the best budget hot hatches out there, so the even dinkier i20 N spotted here looks like it’s shaping up to be one of the best bang-for-your-buck performance cars out there.
2021 Hyundai i20 N styling
The Hyundai i20 N is based on the all-new third-generation i20, due for launch in the UK in September 2020. The standard car will look very different from the current, soft-edged i20 thanks to plenty of sharp creases, frowning headlights and a steeply rising waistline.
As for the i20 N, despite the camouflage worn by the prototype pictured here, you can see quite a lot of the detail that marks it out from its run-of-the-mill siblings. The front bumper appears largely the same, but the grille features a different mesh pattern.
Around the back, there is a deeper bumper with air outlets at the corners and a diffuser at the bottom, plus a big spoiler up top. At the sides there are deep sill skirts and fabulous door mirrors that seem to have been cribbed from BMW M cars. But then, Hyundai R&D boss Albert Biermann used to run BMW’s M division.
All these devices are used to great effect on the bigger i30N and they really work on the i20 N, as well. It’s a tough, pugnacious thing that looks like it’s raring to go into battle with the Fiesta ST and Mini Cooper S.
As with the regular i20, and unlike the Ford Fiesta and Mini, the i20 N is only available with five doors. While you could argue that a three-door i20 N would be more stylish, there is no doubting that a five-door car is more practical. Very few people bought the previous three-door i20, so why bother with a new one?
2021 Hyundai i20 N engine and performance
The standard i20 will get a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine with turbocharging and mild-hybrid assistance on some models. But, Hyundai has said there’s space under the bonnet for a four-cylinder engine.
This will probably come in the form of a detuned version of the i30N’s 2.0-litre turbo engine, or an amped-up version of the Tucson SUV’s 1.6-litre turbo engine with mild-hybrid tech. The latter is more likely because that’s the same type of engine Hyundai will fit in its 2022 i20 World Rally Championship car.
Whatever engine does power the i20 N, expect it produce around 200hp. This should be enough to blast the dinky hot hatch along at up to around 140mph and help it sprint from 0-60 in approximately seven seconds.
2021 Hyundai i20 N driving
Like the styling, the i20 N’s chassis is likely to employ the same principles that make the i30N a real hoot to drive. Expect lower, stiffer suspension, revised steering, big wheels and brakes and a close-ratio gearbox that’ll help it accelerate more quickly.
The i30 N allows the driver to configure various chassis settings, from the throttle response to the sound of the exhaust. In all, there are thousands of different combinations. It’s unlikely that the i20 N will have that level of configurability, but it should at least have a spectrum of driving modes to choose from.
2021 Hyundai i20 N interior
Details of the i20 N’s interior haven’t been revealed yet, but it’ll come with the same refreshed design as the standard i20, shown above. Expect a set of big, supportive bucket seats, lots of red stitching and many ‘N’ badges, along with a new steering wheel, a revised gear knob and ‘N’ graphics for the infotainment display.
2021 Hyundai i20 N price and release date
The i30N is a useful chunk of money cheaper than pretty much all its rivals and so anticipate that Hyundai will employ the same tactic with the i20 N. Expect prices to start at around the £20,000 mark, undercutting both the Fiesta ST and Mini Cooper S. It should go on sale in Spring of 2021.