Mike Stevens | Sep 14, 2010


Hyundai has today revealed the first images of its upcoming ix20 small MPV crossover, set to debut at the Paris Auto Show later this month.

Sharing its platform - and most of its sheetmetal - with the Kia Venga, the Hyundai ix20 benefits from the company's now familiar styling language, including a front and rear-end design that sets the ix20 apart from its Kia sibling.

The profile of the ix20 is where it most resembles the Venga, although Kia's signature character line along the bottom of the doors has been modified and smoothed out for the Hyundai version.

The ix20, along with the updated i10 revealed this morning, is the latest of Hyundai's new models to adopt the company's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language, already visible on the likes of the Sonata-replacing i45 and the Tucson-replacing ix35.

The 2011 Accent and Elantra, revealed in recent months, both also feature the new styling themes.

Measuring 4068mm long, 1765mm wide and 1600mm tall on a 2600mm wheelbase, the ix20 is bigger in every direction than the i20 (3940mm, 1710mm, 1490mm, 2525mm).

The Australia-delivered 2010 Hyundai i20
The Australia-delivered 2010 Hyundai i20

Designed and developed at Hyundai's German studios, the ix20 is described as a "striking departure from the boxy 'minivan' image typically associated with the segment."

"[The ix20 is] a vehicle with the ability to simultaneously serve as a functional people-carrier while providing a dynamic, fun-to-drive experience," the company said in a statement.

Hyundai is keeping technical details close to its chest for now, but it has confirmed that, in Europe at least, the ix20 will be offered with 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol and diesel engines.

Hyundai Australia is known to be planning or considering launches for at least four all-new models in 2011, including the ultra-light i10, the next-generation Elantra, thenew Accent and - depending on the international scheduling - the Tiburon-replacing Veloster.

Speaking with TMR today however, Hyundai Australia's Ben Hershman confirmed that the ix20 is not planned for an Australian debut in the foreseeable future.

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