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2021 Hyundai i30 sedan N officially teased! New Subaru WRX and Skoda Octavia RS rival edging closer to big reveal

It might be camouflaged for now, but the i30 sedan N clearly stands out from the new i30 sedan crowd.

Hyundai has officially teased the next model in its emerging N performance range, with the i30 sedan N to join the pioneering i30 N (hatch) in Australia next year.

CarsGuide understands the i30 sedan N could launch locally as early as mid-2021, with Hyundai Australia yet to confirm specific timing.

Either way, the i30 sedan N will form a two-pronged attack with the facelifted i30 N, which is due in the first half of next year.

The i30 sedan N is all but confirmed to be powered by the updated i30 N’s 206kW/392Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, with drive sent to the front wheels.

In the new i30 N, this unit is mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-wet-clutch automatic (with paddle-shifters), with the i30 sedan N likely to offer the latter at minimum.

The i30 sedan N will stand out from the i30 sedan crowd with a body kit. The i30 sedan N will stand out from the i30 sedan crowd with a body kit.

Despite the camouflage its exterior wears, these teaser images show the i30 sedan N will stand out from the i30 sedan crowd with a body kit, unique alloy wheels, red brake callipers with ‘N’ logos, a wing spoiler and large-diameter dual exhaust tips.

We’re yet to get a look at the i30 sedan N’s interior, but it goes without saying the steering wheel and seats will be of the sports variety at the very least.

When the i30 sedan N lands, it will go tyre to tyre with a pair of hot sedans, the 197kW/350Nm Subaru WRX and 180kW/370Nm Skoda Octavia RS.

As reported, the i30 sedan N is set to replace the i30 Fastback N in Hyundai Australia’s line-up, although the latter could return in facelifted guise as a limited edition in the future.