The Hyundai i10 N could get a 1.4L, turbocharged petrol engine with about 150 bhp, gets sportier looking dual-tone wheels and dual-exhaust tips as well.
As Hyundai launched the new Grand i10 Nios in India, it will also be launched in Europe as one of its primary market. Of course, it will feature some Europe-specific stylinh changes just like the previous-gen car. However, the latest news is that a fully disguised prototype of the next gen Hyundai i10 has been spotted testing in Europe and some visual elements give us the hint that this could be an N performance model.
The spotted test mule has its basic stance similar to that of the Grand i10 Nios but a keen eye will immediately notice the dual-exhaust tips at the rear. The test mule could be using a more powerful engine, thus hinting it to be an N performance model of the Hyundai Grand i10. One also cannot miss the large dual-tone alloy wheels.
Other design highlights include a new grille detailing that is different from the India-spec one and new circular LED DRLs as well. The test mule came heavily camouflaged and not much more than this can be deciphered from these images. However, the design elements seem to be consistent with the teaser sketch that was released in Europe a few days ago.
As for the heart of the Hyundai i10 N, it is expected to be powered by a 1.4-liter GDI turbocharged petrol engine with an expected power output of around 150 bhp. Other mechanical changes could include a stiffened suspension setup for better body control and updated brakes as well for handling the extra power. On the inside, the i10 N is expected to come with special color theme, branded upholstery, sports bucket seats, and so on.
It is also possible that this N-Line treatment for the i10 could just be a cosmetic exercise. If and when this N variant of the i10 is launched, it would be Hyundai’s cheapest offering in its N-performance segment. Meanwhile, the Hyundai i20 N is in its advanced stages of development. Its unclear if the i10 N will make it to India or not, but if it comes, it will take on likes of the Tata Tiago JTP.