However, the N division will have a quiet 2019, with resources aimed at launching Hyundais electrification strategy with the Kona Electric, updated Ioniq and other plug models to come.

After years of rumors, company sources previously revealed to Autocar that the i20 supermini will be the next N-car, and is likely to be ready for presentation in early 2020.

Engine changes and chassis modifications to the i20 N will reflect those of the i30 N, so significantly more firepower is expected than that of the superminis existing engine range and adequate reduction and stiffness of the cars suspension, along with high-performance brakes and more direct ratio steering.

The most likely candidate to increase performance to the desired level will be the brands 1.6-liter T-GDI turbocharged engine. It offers 174 bhp in the Tucson SUV, but a figure of at least 200 bhp will be necessary if Hyundai is to successfully mix with the big hitters in its class, such as the Fiesta ST and the Volkswagen Polo GTI.

The next in line will be a version of the long rumoured Tucson of the N brand. The hot SUV will outperform Hyundai in terms of power, with more than 300 bhp expected to give it the performance potential to face Cupra Ateca. It will be complemented by a four-wheel drive system and is expected to arrive a few months after the i20 N.


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