New 2020 Hyundai i30 N facelift spotted testing at the Nurburgring

We’ve spotted the new Hyundai i30 N belting around the Nurburgring ahead of its scheduled launch later this year

Our spy photographers have spotted the facelifted Hyundai i30 N again – this time wearing far less camouflage. It will follow the updated standard Hyundai i30 into the showrooms later this year, sporting a range of mechanical and cosmetic revisions which promise to keep it competitive with the new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The new Hyundai i30 N will lift the bulk of its styling updates from the recently revised standard model. Revisions will be limited to the camouflaged areas of this mule, with the hot hatchback receiving new front and rear light clusters, fresh bumpers, new alloy wheels, a larger-bore twin-exit exhaust and a reprofiled radiator grille.

Inside, the updated Hyundai i30 N will feature a sports steering wheel, an aluminium pedal box and a pair of leather-trimmed bucket seats, which can be seen through the windows of this latest test mule. Like the standard model, buyers will also get Hyundai's improved 10.25-inch infotainment system and a new digital instrument cluster.

Like the outgoing model, the updated i30 N will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four- cylinder petrol engine. We’re not expecting any increase in power over the outgoing model’s 271bhp and 378Nm of torque, though.

As such, the car’s performance figures will remain unchanged. It’s 0–62mph time should still be 6.1 seconds, it’s top speed will still be electronically limited to 155mph and economy figures will likely still bumble around the mid-30s.

The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard – although, starting this year, the hot hatchback will be optionally available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the first time. Both options, however, will be bolted to the car’s chassis using the stiffer bushings found on the current, updated version of the i30 N.

The powertrain should be paired with the same range of chassis tweaks fitted to the MY20 i30 N. For the year-change, Hyundai fitted new front wishbones, lower bump stops, slightly slimmer anti-roll bars and reduced spring rates – along with a recalibrated traction control system to account for the car’s change in behaviour.

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