[Staff, 2022-12-12 00:11:15,
Hyundai expects electric successors to the i20 N and i30 N hot hatches to be available by 2030, with enough battery capacity for weekend track-days.
Electric successors to the Hyundai i20 N and i30 N hot hatchbacks may arrive in showrooms before the end of the decade, according to senior executives at the company.
Three of Hyundai’s four N petrol-powered performance cars – the i30 N hot hatch, Kona N SUV, and smaller i20 N hatch – are facing extinction, as new European emissions rules favour electric cars and buyer tastes shift to SUVs.
High-ranking Hyundai N executives say successors to the i20 N and i30 N are on the way with electric power, at prices closer to those of the current N model range.
However, they are not due until closer to 2030, when electric-car batteries and motors are expected to deliver enough performance, driving range and energy density without breaking the bank.
“By 2030 there should be affordable solutions and maybe for like a B-segment [i20-sized] N car, C-segment [i30-sized] N car, for sure,” Albert Biermann, the former boss of Hyundai N who is now an executive technical advisor for the company, told a group of Australian media last weekend.
Hyundai N’s first electric vehicle, the Ioniq 5 N hatchback-turned-SUV, is due next year – but it is expected to cost in excess of $100,000, with twice the power of an i30 N.
While the petrol-powered Hyundai N line-up is expected to shrink, Till Wartenberg – vice president of…
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