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Andrew Maclean | Jan, 17 2018 | 0 Comments

Hyundai’s performance sub brand N has confirmed it will bring a range of parts and kits for the South Korean maker’s mainstream models later this year after it launches the i30 N in March.

Speaking to media at the 2018 Detroit motor show, head of N Division, former BMW M boss Albert Biermann, confirmed the brand is developing body kits, suspension packages and upgraded chassis tuning kits for a number of variants, including its range of SUVs.

"We will offer N Sport packages to the base cars - not only trim, but the suspension and so on," he said.

Dress-up and dynamic packages will be offered under the N Sport brand from late in 2018 in similar fashion to Mercedes-AMG packages and M Sport kits from Biermann's previously employer BMW. Biermann has not said which models will get the new parts but it is expected to begin the with mainstream i30 range, regular Veloster models and the Kona small SUV - all of which essentially share the same mechanical underpinnings.

The range is also expected to expand even further to the likes of the Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs, as well as potentially the Elantra and Sonata sedans, providing more motivation to buy into the fledgling South Korean maker.

Biermann also confirmed the i30 N won't be the sole high-performance car headed down under. With the Veloster N that was revealed alongside the standard coupe at Detroit unlikely to make it into local showrooms due to the fact it will be exclusively produced in left-hand drive for the North American and Korean markets only, Biermann said the next model, expected to be a N version of the swoopy-roofed i30 Fastback, will be revealed in "nine months".

Beyond that, he re-iterated previous statements that his team of engineers are playing around with dedicated high-performance SUV models, which a source close to the development team suggested include the Kona and Tucson.

What is certain is that Hyundai's upcoming i30 N won't be a one-hit wonder.

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