After successfully launching the first production car to wear the high-performance ‘N’ badge – the i30 N – Hyundai is extending its portfolio of models, by introducing the N Line trim in Europe. The i30 N Line is the first Hyundai model with the new trim, featuring exterior and interior design elements known from the i30 N, to enhance the visual appeal of i30. The mechanical set-up – including suspension, brakes and engine response – have also been tuned to add extra spice to the regular i30 five-door.
The design upgrades for i30 N Line match many elements introduced on the successful i30 N. Among these upgrades are the front and rear bumpers, exclusively accented for N Line with a silver paint line. The 18-inch alloy wheels are made available on the i30 5-door for the first time, creating a more dynamic aesthetic. The new twin muffler at the rear is another design cue that marks out the i30 N Line from its siblings. On the front wings, a newly-created badge signals the N Line model.
In terms of interior, customers can choose N-branded suede sport seats for better lateral support. The perforated leather sport steering wheel, metal pedals and the N gear shift knob give the driver a more engaging driving experience. The spacious and practical interior of the regular i30 five-door still offers a comfortable space for all occupants in i30 N Line.
For more sporty driving dynamics, the suspension and engine response have been refined for the i30 N Line. PS4 Michelin Performance tires are fitted, to fit with the tuned driving performance. The new 16-inch front brakes further enhance the driving dynamics – compared to 15-inch brake discs in the standard i30 five-door. Customers of the i30 N Line can choose between the 1.4-litre T-GDI gasoline engine with 140 PS and the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine with 136 PS.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe, says: “Our i30 N has been hugely successful since launch, showcasing our capabilities in high-performance engineering and emotionalising our brand with its fun-to-drive factor. Now we are extending that feeling to a wider audience with the new i30 N Line. We believe the comprehensive package of design and engineering enhancements will continue to attract more new customers to the Hyundai brand in Europe.”
Hot like chilli sauce
To celebrate the introduction of the N Line trim, Hyundai has created a new video clip that highlights the design and engineering package of the new car. Featuring motorsport legend Gabriele Tarquini, Hyundai Motorsport test driver and hugely successful touring car driver, the clip provides a first glimpse of the i30 N Line in a humorous scenario.
In the video, Tarquini handles the i30 N Line with ease, skilfully setting off a construction that connects to a bottle of hot chilli sauce. With great driving precision, Tarquini positions his i30 N Line in exactly the right spot to catch the drops of chilli sauce on his burger, adding spice to his food in the same way that the N Line trim spices up the regular i30.
The i30 N Line will be available in Belgium and Luxembourg as from November 2018.