But no performance Hyundai SUVs in the cards just yet.
Hyundai’s new N performance division will follow up its i30N with at least two more models, with the first arriving six months after the i30 N arrives in late 2017. That’s according to Car and Driver, which reports that Hyundai N division head Albert Biermann says the two N models will be aimed at customers in the U.S. and China.
There’s no word yet on what form the cars will take, but they will likely adopt the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine as the planned i30 N, meaning roughly 250 horsepower would reportedly be on tap. (Hyundai has been testing the powertrain in an i30 race car.) Hyundai cars are most likely to get the hot powertrain, as Biermann told C/D that he’s not rushing to make an N-badged SUV.
“We have SUVs that are almost crying out, ‘make me go faster!’ But we are not focusing there yet,” he said. “It’s all about the driving fun to start and, of course, the hatches, the sedans, and the coupes have a better basis for this.”
In what could be a hint as to N’s future plans, Hyundai used this year’s Busan Motor Show to reveal its RM16 N concept (pictured), previewing a racy hatchback with a 2.0-liter engine that used an electric supercharger to deliver 300 hp, with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.
Biermann also told C/D that he wouldn’t rule out developing a more extreme small performance car in the vein of the Ford Focus RS, but that such a model isn’t coming any time soon.
“If we came up with a performance car on the highest level it might be too [soon] for our customers and our dealerships,” he said. “But I can see in the future that we will make a really high-performance car in the C-segment. And then, of course, we would need AWD.”
Earlier this year, Hyundai vice chairman Woong-Chul Yang told reporters that three N models were under development, including a “small Genesis” with all-wheel drive.
Source: Car and Driver