Former Hyundai N boss wants second-generation i20 N

The man behind the original i20 N is pushing for a second generation.

Albert Biermann, former head of Hyundai's N business and current executive technical advisor, says the car's future is dubious due to a dwindling hot hatch market and a shift toward SUVs and crossovers. Electrification is a crucial topic for the i20 N's future.

Biermann told Drive in Australia, "It's a tough decision." "The (hot hatch) market is declining globally, but i20 N is big in Europe. In Europe, many want EVs (electric vehicles). I've wanted a (next-generation petrol-powered i20 N) for a while. I haven't succeeded.

Biermann said the current i20 N's turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder will meet Euro 7 emissions standards, but he's open to offering an all-electric version, possibly alongside a second-generation combustion-powered model.

“Why not? At this point I cannot imagine we can bring the smaller (electric) N car to a price point where an i20 N can be. I still see some (price) gap,” he said. 

An electric Hyundai i20 N might be a lovely vehicle with a lesser price than an Ioniq 5 N. We need electricity in the Hyundai i20 N price range.”

The i20 N has a two-year waiting list in Australia and Europe. A mid-life facelift is planned, although no second-generation model has been decided.