The Hyundai i10 N Line Is A Pissed-Off Hatchback That's Too Good For America

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Hyundai’s high-performance N Line has been turning heads since it first hit the automotive scene thanks to the fact that its cars have proved to be a hell of a fun time. Now, the i10 N Line is getting ready to hit the market in 2020, making it the fourth N Line model released since 2018, Hyundai says.

The i10 N Line (apparently, officially, the “All-New i10 N Line,” per Hyundai’s press release, but I can’t abide by that nonsense) adopts the motorsport-inspired aesthetic we’ve come to know and love. With 16-inch alloy wheels, N Line emblem, and red skid plate and diffuser are the only real exterior indicators that you’re looking at something different from the normal i10.

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It’s the interior that gets extra sporty, according to Hyundai. There’s N branding on the steering wheel and gear shift lever alongside metal pedals and sportier seats so you can feel a little cooler behind the wheel of your daily driver.

While there aren’t currently any images of the interior to confirm, Hyundai seemed pretty stoked about its new All-New i10 N Line at its release at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

And I can’t really say I blame ‘em. I’m totally here for slightly more fun versions of our regular cars, and the N Line models have all had that subtle motorsport-esque distinction that make for a gorgeous car to look at and an even more fun one to drive. Under the hood is a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine that Hyundai says makes 99 horsepower. Which is more than enough considering the curb weight of the i10 N Line is expected to be just north of 2,000 pounds, or around the same as a regular i10.

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A manual transmission is also available, and if you’re thinking this car is too good to come to America, you’re right. It will be available in Europe starting next summer.

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