Hyundai N Line In India: Origins, Sales And Future

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Offering sporty models to the mass-market is a tricky business, but it seems Hyundai India has figured out a recipe that works

Hyundai i20 N Line, Creta N Line, Venue N Line

Hyundai established its performance division all the way back in 2012 and called it Hyundai N. But it was only in 2016 that the Korean carmaker revealed its first Hyundai N product, the i30 N. And it was only in 2021 that Hyundai brought the watered down version of its N division to India, known as the N Line, with the launch of the Hyundai i20 N Line. Now, the company has given its top-seller in the country the N Line treatment with the launch of the Hyundai Creta N Line SUV.

During the launch presentation for the sporty SUV variant, Hyundai revealed some of the stats around how the N Line model lineup has performed in India so far. Here’s a short recap of the Hyundai N Line brand story in the country:

What are the Hyundai N Line models?

Hyundai i20 N and Elantra N

Hyundai’s N division does make proper performance-packed models in global markets with different powertrains and significant modifications. However, these tend to be a bit pricey for the typical Hyundai buyer, so the carmaker introduced the N Line series. Models with the N Line branding feature small cosmetic changes for a sportier appearance and are offered with the most powerful engine option available with the regular Hyundai model.

Hyundai Venue N Line Review

In India, the Hyundai N Line lineup now has three models - the i20 N Line premium hatchback, Venue N Line sub-4m SUV, and the recently launched Creta N Line SUV. These models are only offered with a turbo-petrol engine with choice of manual and automatic transmissions. In the case of the i20 N Line and Venue N Line, Hyundai even fitted them with stiffer suspension setups and fruitier sounding exhausts for the driving enthusiasts.

1 in 5 Hyundai Turbo-petrol Sales From An N Line Model

Since the introduction of the Hyundai N Line lineup, the company revealed that 20 percent of its turbo-petrol powertrain sales come from those sporty variants only. This includes demand for the i20 and Venue only. 

It is worth noting that the regular Hyundai i20 facelift no longer gets the choice of a turbo-petrol engine since the 2023 facelift but the regular Venue does. Both models share the same 1-litre T-GDi engine that makes 120 PS and 172 Nm with choice of a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Over 22,000 N Line Models Sold

Given that these N Line models are priced at a premium over the corresponding regular models, that’s a respectable tally for the Hyundai mass-market performance offerings. An additional stat mentioned that 13 percent of N Line buyers were women, which hints that Hyundai’s sporty products have a broader appeal than the stereotypical car enthusiasts.

Hyundai i20 N Line Facelift Front

The Indian car market has witnessed multiple brands attempt to create a niche for performance-oriented variants of mass-market models, but it would be difficult to label any of them as a success. For example, Tata’s JTP models or the Fiat Abarth products. Volkswagen had offered “GT” variants since the Polo and Vento, but they were simply the variants with the more powerful engines and without major differentiation from the regular models, unlike the Hyundai N Line cars.

A Loyal Fanbase

Hyundai revealed that 40 percent of Hyundai N Line buyers were repeat customers for Hyundai. This can be interpreted to mean that many Hyundai car owners who had already experienced the Korean brand’s turbo-petrol engines were eager to buy something which combined that performance with added sportiness and visual presence. 

Furthermore, 82 percent of N Line buyers choose the fully-loaded top variant. This suggests that Hyundai has found a sweet spot where its overall product with its looks, performance and features had a strong appeal even with the higher price tags.

What’s Next For N Line In India?

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Well, Hyundai has already gone electric for its N performance lineup with the Ioniq 5. The extremely impressive Ioniq 5 N might not be headed to India with a fat price tag, but the facelifted electric crossover now gets an N Line variant too which we expect to be offered here as well. Hyundai tried to test the waters for an entry-level N Line lineup with turbo-petrol variants for the Grand i10 Nios a few years ago, but decided to let that segment focus on affordability and comfort. The last two candidates ripe for the N Line treatment are the Verna sedan and the Tucson mid-size SUV, and we hope Hyundai already has plans for both.

What do you make of the Hyundai N Line brand in India? Which new N Line model would you like to see next? Let us know in the comments below.

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