Hyundai has followed last month’s all-new 2015 i20 unveiling with a clear new look at the light car’s interior.
The Korean carmaker has also used this latest release to further detail the new hatch’s mechanical package and engine options.
Styling & Dimensions
Hyundai’s new light hatch debuts a fresh new premium look that builds on the latest evolution of the company’s “Fluidic Sculpture” styling language.
The new i20 shares key styling cues with the new and smaller i10 hatch, both wearing Hyundai’s large lower grille, long headlights and fast rising belt-line.
There’s a strong and angular look to the new i20’s profile, while the rear gets unique blacked-out C-pillars and slender Genesis-inspired tail lights.
This coming i20 is also larger than its predecessor: with a 2570mm wheelbase, the gap between its axles has grown 45mm. Overall length is 4035mm.
Hyundai claims segment-leading interior space and storage, with combined front and rear legroom measuring 1892mm, while headroom has grown by 33mm and 8mm (front/rear).
Cargo volume is listed at 326 litres with the rear seats upright.
Earlier images had showcased the cabin of the nearly identical Indian-market ‘Elite i20’, but these new shots offer a first viewing of the European model.
The interior styling of both i20 models is largely identical, although Hyundai promises a higher grade of materials and finishes in the European model - the same specification that will come to Australia if a local launch is locked in.
Hyundai highlights the new i20’s greater use of soft-touch materials, with a new ‘Thermal Plastic Olefin’ featured on the dash and door trims of the 2015 model.
The company promises a more premium look to those surfaces, along with a durable lasting quality to the materials.
Features include bi-function projection headlights and LED daytime running lights, along with LED positioning lamps.
A rear-view camera is also featured, along with a seven-inch display, USB/aux/Bluetooth audio, tilt/reach steering wheel, automatic folding mirrors, automatic climate control and rear air-conditioning vents.
The premium touches continue with the addition of a full-length tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof, along with the option of a heated steering wheel.
Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, active headlights, hill-hold assist and Isofix child seat anchors.
Powertrains & Chassis
The Korean carmaker has also used this latest release to confirm engine options for the European market.
At the entry end is a pair of 55kW/122Nm and 66kW/122Nm 1.25 litre four-cylinder aluminium petrol engines, while a 73kW/134Nm 1.4 litre petrol engine will also be offered.
Diesel engines will also be offered in Europe, in the form of 55kW/180Nm 1.1 litre and 66kW/240Nm 1.4 litre four-cylinder units.
The smaller petrol mills will be offered with a five-speed manual, while the larger unit will be matched to either a six-speed manual or four-speed auto. The diesels will both get a six-speed manual option only.
Fuel consumption figures for the Euro 6-compliant engines are still to be released.
There’s a greater use of lightweight high-strength steel in the new i20, which Hyundai says has resulted in 81 percent more torsional rigidity and a 63 percent stiffer structure.
Noise, vibration and handling were also a focus in the 2015 model’s development, with more low-weight absorption materials featuring.
Suspension includes MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam arrangement at the rear, including new longer-travel dampers.
The i20 leads the light-car market in Australia, with 9788 sales year-to-date. The compact Hyundai is followed closely by the Mazda2 and Toyota’s Yaris, with 8699 and 8423 year-to-date sales respectively.
Australian timing for the new i20 is still to be confirmed, although we can likely expect a local launch to occur in the first half of 2015.
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