Disguised prototypes of Ford Fiesta ST rival now have bodywork of Hyundai's new-generation supermini
21 May 2020

The Hyundai N line-up will continue to expand in 2020 with the Kona N crossover and the long-awaited i20 N hot hatch.

Although prototypes for the Ford Fiesta ST challenger have been seen a few times before, Nurburgring test cars now wear a production body from the new-generation i20, which was revealed earlier this year. 

The test hack our snappers have caught at the Nurburgring is wearing the trademark features of a performance model, including a wheel design inspired by the bigger i30 N hiding red painted brake callipers, plus revised front and rear bumpers and a twin exhaust outlet. 

Expect similarly sporting upgrades to the i20 N's interior, including figure-hugging sports seats, liberal N badging and different trim details. 

Powertrain details for the i20 N remain scarce. Some rumours suggest the i30 N's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will be detuned and squeezed under the bonnet of the smaller car, but another likely candidate is the Korean brand's widely used 1.6-litre T-GDi motor. This offers 174bhp in the flagship Kona but would need to be boosted to beyond 200bhp in order to ensure its competitiveness with rivals such as the Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI

As with the i30 N, the hot supermini will continue to be developed at Hyundai's Nürburgring test facility. Expect a bespoke chassis set-up with stiffer springs and dampers, as well as some of the adjustable drive modes offered in its bigger sibling. 

Autocar understands that both the Kona N and i20 N will go on sale early next year. Given the typical unveiling a few months prior, we could see both minus the disguise before 2020 is out. 

Read more:

Hot Hyundai Kona N seen testing at the Nürburgring

Hyundai i30 N Performance long-term review

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13 March 2020

Hopefully the N treatment does something about those awful back lights on the new model.....jeez!

13 March 2020

That rules it out for me and looks very conservative under the diguise. I was hoping for something more like Toyota's bespoke 3-door GR Yaris.  

13 March 2020
LP in Brighton wrote:

That rules it out for me and looks very conservative under the diguise. I was hoping for something more like Toyota's bespoke 3-door GR Yaris.  

 

Hey, just as well they aren't offering a 3 door, you can't afford it anyway.

13 March 2020
LP in Brighton wrote:

That rules it out for me and looks very conservative under the diguise. I was hoping for something more like Toyota's bespoke 3-door GR Yaris.  

I don't think there are many large manufacturers where the top brass still have real enthusiasm for cars, in the same way that Toyota does, but more importantly allows themself to indulge this enthusiasm.

13 March 2020

Seen in production body? I had hoped for a little more of a reveal than this!

15 March 2020

 Nearly all hot hatch type cars look alike, must be hard to come up with something thar totally different and build it to a price.

21 May 2020

Give this bland box a pass and go for the superior Yaris GR. Also Why has autocar omitted any mention of the Yaris GR in the article which makes this hyundai look lukewarm? Be more subjective instead of posting a thinly veiled advertisement presented as a news story copy and pasting hyunadis PR

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