Hyundai i20 N officially confirmed

Published: 06 May 2020

► New i20 N hot hatch inbound
► Still under wraps for now
► 197bhp 1.6 turbo expected

Hurrah! While we’ve seen prototypes of one for a while now, Hyundai has officially confirmed a new i20 N hot supermini is on the way.

The only images we have so far are of a camouflaged car (in Hyundai's almost-traditional 'cover-everything-in-bin-liners' technique) taken during winter testing in Arjeplog, Sweden, alongside an i20 WRC car and the mid-engined RM19 racer. All three cars have been driven for a promotional video by Thierry Neuville.

Some choice details can be gleaned from the camouflaged images – namely N-bespoke wheels and red brake calipers, twin exhausts and a lower ride height.

Tack on all of that to the striking design of the new standard i20 and we think Hyundai is already on to a winner in the looks department.

i20 N camo front

Other details are scarce, but intel suggests the new i20 N will use Hyundai Motor Group’s 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that pushes out 197bhp – the same engine used in the Kia Ceed GT.

The promo video even demonstrates the exhaust sound of the i20 N - if you're a fan of the pops and bangs of its bigger sibling, you'll be pleased.

It’ll need more than that to go toe-to-toe with the epic Ford Fiesta ST, however, but N division did a pretty supreme job with the i30 N so we’re not too worried.

We’ll see the finished product by the end of 2020.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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