India is one of the major markets for South Korean car-maker Hyundai. Its Indian subsidiary Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is the second-largest car-manufacturer in the country.
India being an important market for Hyundai, the car-maker is reportedly planning to launch its performance car division in the country. To check its feasibility, the company is expected to unveil i20 N Sport, the sport version of the Elite i20 hatchback at Auto Expo 2016 reports Oncars.
Globally unveiled in August 2015, the i20 N Sport is the product of Hyundai's N Division, a new high-performance sub-division dedicated to develop sporty versions of Hyundai's regular cars. The main change lies under the hood. The 1.4-litre petrol engine sold in 98.6bhp and 133Nm tune overseas has been re-tuned to deliver 114bhp and 160Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via six-speed manual transmission.
To make the i20 N Sport different from the regular model, Hyundai has given the car new 17-inch alloy wheels and side skirts. The front and rear bumpers have been tweaked with more muscular design complementing the side skirts. The car sports a rear boot spoiler and a stainless steel free-flow CAT back exhaust system with a large exhaust tip. The N-badges can be seen over the front fender and at the rear hatchback door.
Additionally, the i20 N Sport will feature a stiffer spring setup and the brakes have been updated with a set of ventilated discs up front and solid discs in the rear. The car will also come with four-channel ABS and an EBD system for safety.