It’s set to be a big year for Hyundai New Zealand and its performance line-up, with the all-new i20 N and updated i30 N set to land on local shores. And now pricing for the most diminutive model in the line-up has been confirmed.
The i20 N is set to be priced from $53,990, offered exclusively with a manual transmission.
It appears the brand is going after Toyota’s GR Yaris, pricing the N closer to the all-wheel drive GR’s $54,990 sticker and further away from more logical two-wheel drive rivals like the $39,990 Ford Fiesta ST and $40,990 Polo GTI.
As previously reported, the i20 N comes with a 1.6-litre turbofour sending 150kW of power and 275Nm of torque to its front wheels. For context, the Fiesta ST’s triple makes 147kW/290Nm and the GTI’s four makes 147kW/320Nm. The GR Yaris, meanwhile, makes 200kW/370Nm.
The i20 N’s standard tech includes wireless phone charging, N trim and detailing (including bucket seats and a sportier steering wheel), a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satnav, Bose audio, and more. Under the skin, meanwhile, it comes with a limited-slip differential, launch control, rev-matching,
It’s unclear whether non-N variants of the i20 are destined for New Zealand. Sales for hatchbacks have been hurt by the success of SUVs. This has prompted Ford, for example, to cull all of its non-ST Fiesta models, and condense its Focus range. Hyundai may be doing the same.
The i20 N had a whirlwind 2021 on the awards front, having been selected as a finalist for Evo Magazine’s Car of the Year Gong, while also winning Top Gear Magazine’s ‘Speed Week’ festivities and its Car of the Year grand prize.
As previously reported last September, the i30 N is also getting revised pricing for 2022 as its more powerful and face-lifted update lands. The biggest news is the arrival of an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, with past i30 Ns only offered with a six-speed manual.
The manual i30 N hatch kicks off the range at $58,990, with the analogue Fastback following at $62,990. The self-shifting hatch starts at $65,990, with the most expensive model in the line-up — the Fastback DCT — priced at $69,990.