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New Hyundai i30 N 2021 detailed: Toyota Yaris GR who? Fresh hot hatch just months away

The new Hyundai i30 N will hit Australia in the first half of 2021, this time equipped with an eight-speed dual-clutch auto.

Hyundai has lifted the lid on its much-anticipated 2021 i30 N hot hatch, which will land in Australia in the first half of next year equipped with a new automatic transmission to steal sales away from the VW Golf GTI, Ford Focus ST and Toyota GR Yaris.

Though the images don’t show too much about the new i30 N, the facelifted hot hatch wears new headlights and a wider grille for a more aggressive front fascia.

New 19-inch lightweight wheels can also be glimpsed, while the rear shows a larger diffuser, reworked bumper, fresh tail-lights, prominent roof-mounted spoiler and large exhaust outlets.

Hyundai is yet to detail the powertrain of the new i30 N, but it is expected to carry over the 202kW/353Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol from before.

While the previous i30 N was mated exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new version will score an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic option with “dedicated N performance shifting functions”, according to Hyundai.

Both will send drive to the front axle, which should shoot the new i30 N from zero to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds.