Hyundai has upgraded its 2015 i20 range with a sporty body kit, 17-inch alloy rims, N-badges on the rear hatchback door and front mudguards, as well as a stainless steel free-flow CAT back exhaust system.
The stiffer springs on the new Hyundai i20 1.4 N-Series has given the car a lower stance on the road and the suspension tweak has added a firmer ride as well as a sporty handling.
The distinctive design of the i20 at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany, was influenced by the latest interpretation of Hyundai Motor’s design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, with its clean and elegant lines.
The body shell incorporates a single feature line running the length of the vehicle just below the windows and connecting at the rear. A waistline moulding at the base of the door creates a sleek profile, which is complemented by the soft, sculptured “undercuts” of the body panels. On the i20 1.4 N-Series this has been further accentuated by the side skirts and bumper trims.
The purposeful appearance of the i20 is emphasised by its long hood, low roofline and sharp crease line that combine to achieve a streamlined vehicle with an aerodynamic drag figure of 0,34 Cd.
The i20 is available with a choice of two Hyundai “Kappa” petrol power plants: A 1 197 cc 4-cylinder and a 1 368 cc four-cylinder engine, both with 4 valves per cylinder and Dual Continuous Variable Valve Timing. Both engines use multi-point electronic fuel injection.
It is the Kappa 1,4 litre engine in the i20 1.4 Fluid manual and 1.4 Fluid automatic (which in its standard version delivers maximum power of 74 kW at 6 000 r/min. and its highest torque output of 133 Nm at 3 500 r/min.) that has been tweaked for the i20 1.4 N-Sport package. Its maximum power output has been lifted to 85 kW for the N-Sport, with a new maximum torque output of 160 Nm.
The tweaked 1,4 litre engine in the i20 N-Series is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
The price of the i20 N-Series is R235 500, which includes the Hyundai warranty and Roadside Assistance for 5 years or 150 000 km, and a service plan for 3 year or 60 000 km.