The Hyundai i20 N Line is a sportier iteration over the standard i20. With the introduction of the N Line range, it is the first product to come to India
Words by: Harshit Srinivas
Hyundai has taken the wraps off the i20 N Line in India and also has commenced its bookings with a payment of just Rs 25,000. Based on the standard i20, the N Line trim gets a few cosmetic changes with a tweaked suspension setup, making it even more sportier. Prices are scheduled to be announced by September this year, but it is expected the N Line to demand a premium of Rs 1-1.5 lakh over the outgoing i20 Asta (O) turbo DCT trim.
Overall on the outside, the i20 N Line retains the looks of the standard, but certain cosmetic changes such as red highlights on the front bumper, side sills, and a redesigned grille give it a distinctive look. Apart from this the i20 N Line features newly designed 16-inch wheels complemented with red brake calipers, which make it stand apart amongst the other variants. On the rear, the bumper is also sportier with a prominent diffuser, dual exhaust pipes with chrome treatment on the muffler tips, and a tailgate spoiler with sidebars, adding a lot more to its sportier stance.
Similarly on the inside also, the overall cabin layout remains identical to the standard, but like outside the red highlights are visible on the air-con vents and leatherette seat stitchings. Complementing the sporty cabin inside is the red ambient lighting setup, metal pedals, embossed chequered flag with N line badging on the seats and a three-spoke steering wheel. Paddle shifters are on offer with the N Line DCT trim only.
Under the hood, the i20 N Line retains the 1-litre turbo-petrol unit, paired either to a seven-speed DCT or a six-speed iMT gearbox. The turbo-petrol unit makes 120hp and 172Nm, that is identical to the standard i20 specs, but there is a lot more that goes into a car except the engine. Speaking of which we can expect, the tweaked sportier suspension setup to account for better handling around the corners and also a more planted drive at the same time. Also, the N Line now gets a disc brake setup in all four wheels, which again translates to having a better stopping power compared to the outgoing standard i20.
Needless to say, we can tell you more about this in detail only when we get a chance to be behind the wheel of the i20 N Line. But what we see on paper, the i20 N Line looks more appealing to us for those who are willing to have a sportier hatch at this price point and that said if you are one of those you can obviously book it via Hyundai’s digital retail platform or at the nearest dealership by just paying a booking amount of Rs 25,000.