According to Autocar, 2019 will be a quiet year for the N division, however with resources instead directed to launching Hyundai’s electrification strategy with the Kona Electric or updated Ioniq and further plug-in models to come.
After years of rumours, company sources have revealed to Autocar that the i20 will be the next N-car, and is likely be ready for an unveiling by early 2020. Original rumours cited a release for such a car some time in 2018, but the launch was pushed back down the list of priorities.
The i20 N’s engine changes and chassis modifications will mirror that of the i30 N, so expect significantly more firepower than the supermini’s existing engine range and suitable lowering and stiffening of the car’s suspension, alongside performance brakes and more direct ratio steering.
The most likely engine candidate to boost performance to the desired level will be the brand’s widely turbocharged 1.6-litre ’T-GDI’ motor. It offers 174bhp in the Tucson SUV, but a figure of at least 200bhp will be necessary if Hyundai wants to successfully mix with the class big hitters like the Fiesta ST and VW Polo GTI.