Hot on the heels of our article on the 2021 Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai has announced details on their new small hot-hatch, the i20N. Inspired by the i20 WRC rally car, Hyundai says the all-new i20 N will contribute to an all-round sporty experience.

DriveLife has no doub that Hyundai will have the Ford Fiesta ST firmly in its sights.

The all-new i20 N’s design is boosted by a number of features taken from the world of motorsport. As with other Hyundai N models, the all-new Hyundai i20 N offers exclusive engine performance and dynamic technology innovations that Hyundai claims will satisfy performance-oriented enthusiasts. The latest model will join the i30 N and i30 Fastback N among Hyundai’s high-performance line-up in New Zealand, but this is yet to be confirmed.

The i20 N’s design features a dynamic overall look based on Hyundai’s new Sensuous Sportiness design identity. The front is dominated by a larger air intake for the turbo engine and brake cooling. At the side, bespoke 18-inch wheels with a grey matte finish and N-branded brake callipers, as well as unique side sills, underline its sporty credentials. A distinctive rear spoiler enhances its aerodynamic performance.

Meanwhile, the all-new i20 N’s Performance Blue livery, which is exclusive to Hyundai N models, and Phantom Black roof for an optional two-tone style, as well as red exterior accents further emphasise Hyundai’s motorsport DNA.

To offer N-thusiasts a further glimpse into the i20 N experience, the car’s exhaust sound has also been teased in a short clip that reveals the characteristic tone of Hyundai N.

More details will be revealed soon.

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