Second Hyundai i20 Generation Is Upon Us
|   Wednesday, August 20, 2014
After a first generation of sacrifice, the Hyundai i20 becomes a desirable city car with the new generation, scheduled for release in this autumn. First photos betray bold shapes and a good design.

The new Hyundai i20 generation has been designed and developed in Europe, and has three main attributes that highlight how attempts to meet the needs of European customers were made: top interior space in its class, many modern technologies and comfort amenities, along with a refined design.


The new model will officially debut this autumn at the Paris Motor Show, where it will be admired for the first time in real life. Sales will begin in the first part of next year. First versions will be available only with five doors and under the hood the same petrol and diesel engines will be kept. For Western European markets there will be a three door version.

Hyundai did not give any indication about the price, but expect it to be comparable to the current version. The new model comes with an actual design which positions the new i20 into the line adopted by all models in the range.

The B Class B was the latest model in the range that did not go through fluidic sculpture treatment. From the first image it is clear that the new model has a more mature attitude. The new Hyundai i20 approaches the inspired lines of its smaller brother, the new i10. The front is dominated by the hexagonal grid, and the C-pillar is covered with a glossy black surface to create the impression that the ceiling floats above the rest of the body.

Hyundai has not published inside images but most likely it is currently being finalized. The commands positioning and space orientation, will likely be similar to those of the new Hyundai i10, which will mean that the Asian model will arrive with much better materials and colorful finishes.

The platform used for the new i20 has a wheelbase 45 mm longer (2570 mm) than the old one, which will increase the interior space. The luggage compartment has a volume of 326 liters, with the chairs in normal position, 30 liters more than the volume offered by the Ford Fiesta. For the top versions, Hyundai will offer a panoramic glass roof, rearview camera plus headlights and LED taillights.

Top variant will also have chrome door handles, alloy wheels with a diamond design, and exterior mirrors with integrated signaling.
At the rear, the new Hyundai i20 has a modified tailgate design and a new bumper with integrated reflectors.

Regarding the engine range, it will be similar to that provided for the current i20. Customers can choose between two petrol engines: 1.2-liter rated at 85 hp, and 1.4-liter rated at 90 hp or 100 hp. It is also possible that the new i20 takes the powerful 1.0-liter unit with three cylinders, which is found on the i10. A performance variant of the new i20 is not excluded. Moreover, the new Hyundai i20 will be the basis for the future i20 WRC, which will compete in the World Rally Championship.
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