Hyundai has revealed its 2020 i10 N sporty city car at the 2019 International Motor Show Germany, aka the Frankfurt Motor Show, this week. The all-new Hyundai i10 is the fourth model in the brand’s N Line after the i30, i30 Fastback, and Tucson SUV. Although the new model has mostly aesthetic upgrades, Hyundai has stated that it will be the only new i10 with the 1.0-liter T-GDi turbo petrol engine.
The Hyundai i10 has been produced by Hyundai since 2007. It replaced the Hyundai Atos and was initially only sold as a five-door hatchback body style. The second generation of the car debuted in August 2013.
Exterior improvements include restyled bumpers and a new grille, as well as custom 16-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. The new model will also boast special red badges, a skid plate, a rear diffuser, and an optional two-tone roof. The interior features an N-branded steering wheel and gear lever, red air vent surrounds, metal pedals and comfortable sports-style seats.
“Taking inspiration from our high-performance sub-brand Hyundai N, the i10 N Line features an even more dynamic look,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Hyundai Motor Europe’s vice president of marketing and product. “In the past year, N Line has become an important component of our model strategy and we are excited to introduce the N Line character to our i10 customers.”
Aside from the new 99bhp turbo engine, the 2020 i10 N is also available with an 83bhp 1.2-litre MPi non-turbo four-cylinder unit. Both engines feature a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, but the 1.2 can be optioned as an auto. Prices have yet to be announced, although sources say the starting price will be around £13,500, with first deliveries due next summer.
According to Hyundai, in North America, retail sales for the automaker are up 1%. Hyundai SUV sales reportedly had an impressive June, growing 10% compared with June 2018. Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL sales were up a combined 36%, while Santa Fe on its own had its best month of all time with sales growing 84%. In terms of cars, Veloster sales continued its recent gains, increasing by 49%, while Accent was up 24%. Hyundai's eco-friendly vehicles also performed well with Ioniq achieving its best June ever with sales up 7%.
Meanwhile, in Western Europe, Hyundai says sales of its cars have surpassed that of Japanese rivals Toyota Motor and Honda Motor over the last 7 1/2 years. Its auto affiliates — Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors — reportedly sold 552,701 cars in the January to June period, about 70,000 more than those sold by Toyota and Honda.