No new N performance products for 2019, but Fiesta ST rival and performance-focused Tucson on the cards for 2020
12 February 2019

Hyundai will briefly halt the expansion of its N performance range this year, as the firm gets ready to launch its next significant hot model: the Fiesta ST-rivalling i20 N.

Plans for the Korean maker’s performance sub-brand were first detailed in 2017, before the first production model, the warmly-received i30 N, followed at the end of the year. The i30 N Fastback then followed a year after.

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, updated Ioniq and further plug-in models to come. 

After years of rumours, company sources have revealed to Autocar that the i20 supermini 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.

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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

Next in line will be a long-rumoured N-branded version of the Tucson. The hot SUV will push the envelope in terms of power for Hyundai, with over 300bhp expected to give it the performance potential to take on the Cupra Ateca. It will be supplemented by a four-wheel drive system, and is expected to arrive a few months after the i20 N. 

Matt Saunders and Lawrence Allan

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12 February 2019

It sounds like Hyundai has decided to wait until the third generation appears before launching an N version of the i20. It will be interesting to see if this will be a 3-door, or 5-door only as seems to be the current norm. 

12 February 2019

It has the potential to be a rapid little beast. Watching out for more detail :D

12 February 2019

Potential? It already is!

Jameson

12 February 2019

If past experience is anything to go by that is. Its amazing what they achieved with the I30 N being new to the market. Expect great things.

Jameson

12 February 2019
LJames wrote:

Potential? It already is!

Is it?? Is there any specs on its speed??

12 February 2019

Call me mad, but I'd quite like to see an i10N.

Kia have the 99bhp Picanto GT-Line, so Hyundai could go one better and drop the 118bhp 1.0 T-GDi in an i10N. That would be a viable competitor to the VW Up GTi too.

In these days of congestion, speed cameras everywhere, rip-off insurance premiums and cars getting damaged wherever you leave them, an i10N for an occasional blast could make more sense than a full-fat 20-odd grand hot-hatch.

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

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