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Hyundai i20 N Line starts road testing in India, proper Hot Hatch!

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Yesterday, we reported that South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai might be planning to launch the Hyundai N Line in the Indian market. Now, spy shots of a partially camouflaged i20 have emerged on the internet and sources believe that the brand is running some evaluation tests for the i20 N Line. 

The test mule of the car appears to be the standard i20 but according to sources the model has been fitted with the stiffer suspension of the i20 N Line. The alloy wheels of the car are not visible from the angle the picture was taken, which is expected to receive a wider patch tyre and larger alloy wheels in the N Line spec. The test mule also misses out on the dual-tone (black finished) roof as well as the twin outlet exhaust that is seen on the i20 N Line. 

It appears the brand is currently testing the sportier steering and suspension using the standard i20 as a testbed. The engine, however, is shared with the i20 N Line which uses a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine the delivers 120 PS of power. One key difference though is the addition of the 48-Volt mild-hybrid system which delivers better engine response and adds to the efficiency. It is still unclear if the mild-hybrid unit will make it to the Indian market. The engine is expected to be matched to an Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). 

As of now, there are no visual changes to the mule but the final production car will have aggressive front and rear bumpers, a dual-tone paint theme, black inserts on the front and rear apron, N Line badged radiator grille with a chequered flag design, a larger set of alloy wheels with a sporty design, motorsport-inspired interiors, sporty steering wheel with N Line badge, N Line badged gear select lever, aluminium pedals and red accents on the dashboard, door trim and seat upholstery.