Tony O'Kane | Jul 11, 2014

Hyundai's next-generation i20 light hatch has been spied again, this time enjoying Europe's warmer weeks.

With the sun out, the new compact hatch has shed a layer to reveal new styling details, offering a peep at its new looks.

Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille is easy to make out, as are the narrower headlights Santa Fe-inspired and larger foglight enclosures flanking the lower grille.

There's all-new sheetmetal too, with everything from the bonnet, the doors, and the body shell itself sporting new shutlines and contouring.

A squarer C-pillar also gives the new i20 a sportier silhouette, aided by the shallower rake of the hatch glass.

Overall, the new i20's turret seems to sport a very Audi-esque aesthetic - at least when viewed from the side.

The tail lights also appear much less bulbous than the current i20, although they do project more from the surrounding sheetmetal.

It's hard to discern from these pictures, but word has it that the next-generation i20 will undergo several dimensional tweaks to boost interior space. We'll find out more as the expected launch date approaches later this year.

For now, Hyundai's i20, facelifted in 2012, remains a popular seller and it currently leads the light-car segment.

The little hatch found 1833 homes in June, compared to 1367 for the same period in 2013.

By comparison, Toyota sold 1383 Yaris hatches in June - down from 1564 - while the Mazda2 dropped off with 1016 for the month, again down from 1371 at the same time last year.

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