The new i20’s potential for an Australian launch remains cloudy, but reports this week suggest other markets may soon get a cloud of tyre smoke with theirs.
According to enthusiast site Hyundai Blog, the anticipated ‘i20 N’ will make its official debut as early as tomorrow, or even later tonight.
News of a sporting ‘N’ range first surfaced last year, when Hyundai revealed that its new i20 World Rally Car would wear ‘N’ graphics to represent to represent the new performance department at its Namyang research and development centre.
Details of the new model, teased in the sketch above, remain unclear, although we could see a version of the larger Veloster’s 1.6 litre turbocharged engine providing motivation.
The 150kW engine’s application in the Veloster makes it something of a ‘warm hatch’, but bolting it into the i20 could potentially bless the light hatch with rival status for models like the Polo GTI, Clio RS and Fiesta ST.
Hyundai is also understood to be planning three more reveals this week, although details on that front are even less clear.
Among them however could be the coming i30 and i40 facelifts, and possibly even an N version of the i30 - essentially a more practical yet still sporty alternative to the quirky Veloster.
A first complete look at the new i20 WRC racer is also likely to be offered this week, with only sketches and camouflaged prototypes revealed so far.
Watch this space.