Hyundai is teasing us with the new i10 N Line

South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has come to the IAA Frankfurt 2019 with a ‘sported-up’ N Line variant of its next-gen i10 subcompact. Let us see what’s so exciting about

South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has come to the IAA Frankfurt 2019 with a ‘sported-up’ N Line variant of its next-gen i10 subcompact. Let us see what’s so exciting about

Hyundai has just lifted the veils of its 45 EV Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it's a study that looks to the future while paying tribute to the past.

This spunky four-door hatchback notches the performance up from the rather drab i10 powertrain options.

SEAT's performance brand Cupra was the first manufacturer to develop a auto to E TCR regulations, and revealed its e-Racer last October (pictured below).

"As a homage to its heritage and reimagined for the future, 45 foreshadows a new era of Hyundai's automotive design focused on electrification, autonomous technologies and intelligent design", Hyundai says. The petrol-powered city vehicle will offer more interior space and get a sporty N-line trim when it goes on sale in early 2020. We'll expect it to be in the same ballpark.

From launch, the new Hyundai i10 is sold with a 100PS three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi engine with 172Nm of torque.

Both will come with a little five-speed manual gearbox, which we hope will make the i10 N Line reasonably fun to drive. There's also an "N Line" emblem, the i10 logo in red, a skid plate and a faux-diffuser.

Inside, there's more red and some sporty seats, as well as an N-branded steering wheel and gear lever.

The interior should provide better space for the driver and passengers, with the 2020 i10 being 10mm longer and 20mm wider than the outgoing model.

At the press day preceding the official opening of the Frankfurt Motor Show, automobile manufacturers finally put all mysteries to rest by officially unveiling their latest concept models. Premium features abound in the small vehicle with an infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai is offering things like lane-keep assist, forward collision-avoidance and automatic brights to the list of features.