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2021 Hyundai i30 N range detailed! Sedan to replace Fastback in Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST rival's expanding line-up

The i30 N range will soon add a sedan body-style.

Hyundai is aggressively expanding its N Performance range, but that doesn’t mean sacrifices won’t be made.

The South Korean brand is planning a big 2021 with the updated i30 N hatch set to be joined by the all-new i20 N hatch and Kona N SUV. It will also see the introduction of an N Performance version of the new i30 sedan, but that’s likely to come at the cost of the i30 Fastback N liftback.

Hyundai Australia added the five-door Fastback variant several months after the launch of the hatch in a bid to offer the same performance in a more “sophisticated” body-style. It currently accounts for approximately 30-35 per cent of i30 N sales.

However, with Hyundai globally all but confirming the arrival of an N Performance version of the new i30 sedan (not to be confused with the N Line version of the sedan that’s arriving before the end of the year), it seems there may not be space for two swoopy ‘coupe-like’ sedans.

Hyundai has already teased the impending arrival of the i30 sedan N with a look at a camouflaged prototype in the video that revealed the TCR racing car version of the new four-door.

It’s believed that the i30 sedan N will enjoy the same powertrain as the updated 2021 version of the i30 N hatch, which means a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine making 206kW/392Nm and the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (dubbed, N-DCT).

While it would also get similar chassis upgrades, including the electronically controlled limited slip differential (eLSD), being based on a newer platform, it’s likely the i30 sedan N would get some unique chassis tuning.

It’s understood the i30 sedan N will be officially unveiled in the coming months and could hit Australian showrooms as early as the middle of 2021.

Hyundai Australia’s head of product planning, Andrew Tuitahi, wouldn’t confirm the i30 sedan N officially (it’s awaiting its global launch), but he did admit the local operation is looking at the makeup of its local line-up.

“We’re looking at what we do,” he said.

Mr Tuitahi added that just because the MY21 prototypes used for local suspension tuning are Fastbacks – as recently tested by CarsGuide – that doesn’t mean they will be offered in production form, leaving the door open to the i30 sedan N taking its place.

He also admitted it’s possible that the i30 Fastback N – which will still be built for the European market – could be offered as a limited-edition model moving forward.

The Fastback currently accounts for approximately 30-35 per cent of i30 N sales. The Fastback currently accounts for approximately 30-35 per cent of i30 N sales.

As for the updated i30 N hatch, Mr Tuitahi said pricing is not set yet but did concede the N-DCT will carry a price premium; unlike Ford’s matching prices for its manual and auto Focus ST.

The arrival of the N-DCT is big news for Hyundai’s burgeoning performance brand, opening up the market to more buyers given Australian’s overwhelmingly choose automatic-equipped vehicles.

Despite this, Mr Tuitahi said Hyundai Australia is committed to supporting the three-pedal layout, even offering it in the new i30 sedan N Line, even though it accounts for only 10 per cent of sales.

“We’ll support the demand for as long as we can,” he said.