Hyundai releases first glimpse of face-lifted i20 before Geneva showing
The new model features refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and the lowest CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain car on sale today.Among the four powertrain options available to buyers of the All New i20 will be the new 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder "U-II" diesel engine that generates 75ps.
When mated to Hyundai’s Blue Drive technologies, this derivative emits just 84g/km of CO2 – a figure lower than any other car with a conventional powertrain. The engine was developed at Hyundai’s Diesel Centre of Excellence – part of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany – and showcases Hyundai’s expertise in clean diesel technology.
This ground-breaking new engine will be offered alongside another sub-100 g/km diesel. When combined with Blue Drive technologies, the upgraded 1.4-litre "U-II" 90ps engine emits 96g/km.
The debut of the All New i20 sees the introduction of fluidic sculpture form language to Hyundai’s supermini. The revised exterior design carries the hallmarks of Hyundai styling, including the company’s signature hexagonal grille and new headlamp units. Updating their own design from the original i20, the stylists at Hyundai’s European design studio have further modernised the All New i20 with a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.
In terms of dimensions, the width (1710mm), height (1490 mm) and wheelbase (2525 mm) of All New i20 remain the same, while the length has increased by just 55mm (front 30mm, rear 25mm) over its predecessor to 3995mm.
Allan Rushforth, Senior vice president and chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: 'The i20 has been very popular with European buyers since it came to market in 2009, thanks to its combination of efficiency, quality, practicality and value. With an enhanced engine line-up that includes the lowest CO2 emissions for a conventional powertrain, and sharper styling influenced by fluidic sculpture, the All New i20 will appeal to a broader range of buyers, including younger consumers. The assurance of our industry-best, comprehensive Five Year Triple Care package makes the All New i20 an even more attractive proposition.'
Further information about Hyundai’s world-premiere products, including the All New i20, will be announced at the company’s press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, taking place in Hall 1, stand 1040, at 09:45 (CET) on Tuesday March 6 2012.