Hyundai to launch high-performance N sub-brand by 2017 including hot version of i30 and Genesis.
Hyundai To Expand Appeal With New, Sporty, N Sub-Brand Models
Hyundai Motors “N” is a forthcoming sub-brand that brings high performance, race track ready, motoring to those “who truly love cars”, the manufacturer confirmed. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of the Namyang Research & Development Centre, explained that motorists can look forward to a performance version of the forthcoming, new generation, i30 which is a small family class vehicle.
Details are sketchy this far from launch, but for comparison a likely rival – the Ford Focus ST 2.0-litre EcoBoost Hatchback – produces 250PS/345Nm of torque. It also has a 6-speed manual gearbox, hits 62mph in 6.5 seconds and is capable of 154mph.
The Hyundai Genesis receives the N treatment too. This large, luxury, saloon - which is more popular in the United States and China than the United Kingdom – is the most prestigious vehicle in the manufacturer's range. It costs £50,685 so it is reasonable to assume that the forthcoming N takes-on the high performance M version of the BMW 5 Series Saloon (arguably).
For comparison, its possible rival has a 4.4-litre 560PS/680Nm petrol engine, rockets to 62mph in 4.3 seconds and accelerates to 155mph. Rumours suggest that Hyundai's third N brand car is a small, sporty, 2-door coupé.
Hyundai N Sub-Brand To Launch In 2017
The Hyundai i30 N looks set to launch in 2017, with its bedfellows following by 2020. The N is reminiscent of other manufacturer's branding for their high performance trims. M is associated with BMW, for example. Hyundai claimed its sub-brand emphasises its determination to: “create striking and pioneering high performance cars”.
Efforts extend beyond mass production models as it is competing in the 2016 World Rally Championship with its i20. The prototype was revealed at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in 2015. It shared a platform with the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept which reveals the: “future potential of Hyundai N”.
Hyundai UK Sales And Models
Hyundai sold 88,117 cars in the United Kingdom in 2015 which equated to 3.35% market share, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders confirmed. Popular models include the i10 which is a compact, city class, vehicle for the urban environment. Prices start at £7,995. The Hyundai i20 is its slightly larger sibling and costs from £9,995 in 5-door hatchback form.
The i20 2-door Coupé, in contrast, costs from £13,025. Other options include the: i40 Tourer (large family estate for £20,945), the Tucson (compact sports-utility vehicle for £18,995), the ix20 (mini multi-purpose model for £14,145), and the Santa Fe (luxury 4-wheel drive for £31,845).