Affordable performance hatchbacks have something about them which makes them really appealing. Ask any car enthusiast and he would rather choose a decently powerful hatchback with good handling characteristics over a plain jane sedan or a compact SUV for that matter. They might be small in size but they are big on fun! Carrying Hyundai’s baton in this department is the Grand i10 Nios. Built on the same platform, Hyundai has launched an i10 N line in Germany at EUR 18,790.
What’s the N Line?
For the uninitiated, N Line is Hyundai’s performance division that focuses on just one thing. They take the standard model, give it an upgrade in terms of exteriors, interiors, under the body and provide the engine with an extra boost. The most affordable N Line car in Hyundai’s portfolio, the i10 N Line is being produced at the company’s Assan Otomotiv Sanayi plant in Izmit, Turkey.
Following the same footprints of other N Line cars, the i10 N Line has received some performance upgrades over the standard model. It also gets sportier exteriors, thanks to the N Line specific character package. The overall silhouette of the hatchback is retained but there are some definitive changes to the exteriors. There’s a unique single-piece grille featuring an N Line logo and red accents, tri-bar LED daytime running lights, horizontal side air vents with honeycomb-pattern grille and a more muscular bumper with a red spoiler.
The side profile has been reworked too and now features bigger, 16-inch alloy wheels with a red accent ring and red-coloured i10 logo on the X-shaped C-pillar. At the rear, a red accent on the faux diffuser and twin-tip exhaust outlet lend a distinctive styling. The i10 NIOS in India with the same engine as this car gets 15″ wheels and taller profile rubber to deal with Indian road conditions. We aren’t sure if Hyundai has also tweaked the suspension on the N Line to go with the sporty appearance.
The sportier theme is carried over in the cabin as well. The interiors receive red-edged air outlet nozzles, metal pedals, and ‘N badges’ over its unique gearshift lever and steering wheel. Apart from this, it also gets red contrast stitching. The optional package can get you some extra bits like an 8-inch infotainment system touchscreen with navigation, reverse camera, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and Bluelink telematics system for connected car services.
The i10 N Line is powered by a 1.0-litre T-GDi turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline unit which delivers 100 PS and 172 Nm. It comes hooked to a 5-speed MT. Hyundai is offering the i10 N Line in five colour options, namely: Phantom Black, Sleek Silver, Slate Blue, Dragon Red and Polar White. If you are wondering, it’s the same engine which propels the Grand i10 Nios. It is highly unlikely that Hyundai will launch the i10 N line in India when we already have the Nios.
Reportedly, Hyundai is also working on a performance-oriented version of their popular hatchback, the i20. It is being assumed that once it goes into production, it will become the most powerful i20 to ever go into mass-production! Coming to the engine, Hyundai hasn’t revealed anything officially, but chances are that the i20 N could be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that belts out roughly 200 bhp.