Hyundai's new i20 hatch debuted in Paris this week, but with the Australian dollar trending poorly against the Euro, it could be sometime before the Turkish-built range hits local showrooms.
In its current form, Australian-delivered i20s are sourced from Hyundai’s Indian plant.
Speaking with TMR in Paris, Hyundai Australia's Guido Schenken said that the company will continue with the current model until a financially viable sourcing arrangement for the new model presents itself.
Mr Schenken said that the local arm's current i20 sourcing deal can continue for at least another year, meaning a replacement could be as far away as the fourth quarter of 2015 - if not later.
Versions of the new i20 are built in both Turkey and India, but it is understood that Hyundai Australia isn’t willing to take the Indian-built product, with cosmetic and mechanical differences making the Europe-destined Turkish model more compelling.
Designed in Europe, the new i20 five-door is longer, lower and wider than the model currently offered in Australia, boasting a wheelbase that’s 45mm longer than before for improved interior space.
Space is not the only area where the i20 has been improved though, with material quality being boosted and high-spec variants being offered with a panoramic glass sunroof - a first for its segment.
Other luxuries like sat nav and climate control will also be available in the European market.
New Small Turbo Engine
Hyundai has also taken a leaf out of Volkswagen’s playbook, offering the new i20 with a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine alongside larger-displacement - but less powerful - naturally aspirated motors.
The new i20’s 1.0 T-GDi engine uses a turbocharger, intercooler and direct injection to produce 88kW of power and 172Nm of torque - 8kW and 36Nm more than the current model’s 1.4 litre atmo petrol.
1.1 and 1.4 litre turbo diesel engines will also be offered in Europe, with 55kW/180Nm and 66kW/240Nm respectively.
Engine lineup, equipment levels and launch timing for the new i20’s Australian debut have yet to be fleshed out, with questions about sourcing being the primary issue.