Hyundai developing a 250 PS engine for next gen i20
Hyundai fascinated the public with the launch of the second generation i20 in August. It is an evolution of its predecessor; the car on the whole looks stunning and refreshing. The car for overseas markets is going to be a ripper on the streets, and will be the first to have N high-performance badge. The second gen i20 was the sight of attraction at the prestigious 2014 Paris Motor Show. About the N high-performance character, Hurgen Grimm, the head of the engine segment of Hyundai Motor Europe hinted that there is going to be a 250 PS performance version of the next gen i20 in the making. Hyundai spoke about its plan to launch the N brand earlier, which will carry a forceful 1.6 litre turbocharged engine that yields a massive 250PS power. The same engine does duty in the Veloster Turbo.
Hyundai Motors also plans to intensify the body rigidity potential of second gen i20 N. These upgrades are visible on full body kit, tires, wheels, brakes, chassis and suspension. What’s interesting is the new i20 N will flaunt a similar fashion statement as i20 World Rally Car (WRC), and its fiercest rival is the Volkswagen Polo R WRC.
Hyundai has not yet exposed details on whether the 2015 i20 N will be a three door Coupe or a five door car. The 2015 i20 N model revealed at the Paris Motor Show is a five door product. The company will showcase a three door Coupe i20 in the coming months. The second gen i20 in India is called the Elite i20, and is designed with innovative Fluidic 2.0 design technology. It is awe-inspiring at first sight, and is so varied from its predecessor. The styling is on par with first-rate premium cars; on the front is an artistically styled grille, covered with layers of glossy chrome. The head lights are structured into neat swept back structures, and enhance the characteristic sporty demeanor of the car. The Elite i20 is a sophisticated car and the characteristics that draw out its suave nature is its sharp shoulder line, soft wheel arches and silver door handles. Hyundai has taken a new design route on Elite i20, highlighted by blacked out C-pillar and B-pillar. The rear has lengthy wrap around tail lights, and bumpers.
The interiors of the Elite i20 are as rich as the exteriors, created by vibrant black and beige décor. The features to watch out for are electro chromatic rear view mirror, gear shift indicator, reverse parking assist, cruise control, chilled glove box, climate control system, and world class 2-Din audio system with 1GB interior memory and height adjustable seats. The second gen i20 has gained worldly attention, a feature rich car coupled with 250 PS N performance engine is going to thrill the crowd to no end. It will be loads of fun to drive the car, let’s hope Hyundai brings the second gen i20 250 PS N performance car to India.