UPDATE: Hyundai has now also revealed the Indian-market 'Elite i20', which appears largely identical to the model destined for Western markets.
These images come on the heels of revealing spy photos published last week, offering a first look at Hyundai’s new second-generation light hatch.
The new i20 shares key styling cues with the new and smaller i10 hatch, with both wearing the latest generation of 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.
Full details are still to come, but Hyundai has confirmed the new model rides on a 2570mm wheelbase, 45mm longer than its predecessor. Overall length is 4035mm.
Hyundai claims segment-leading interior space and storage, with combined front and rear legroom measuring 1892mm and cargo volume listed at 326 litres with the rear seats upright.
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 USB/aux/Bluetooth audio, tilt/reach steering wheel, automatic folding mirrors, automatic climate control and rear air-conditioning vents.
Powertrains are still to be confirmed, but Hyundai is expected to launch the new i20 with a range of small petrol and diesel engines, depending on the market.
European options are likely to include a number of small-capacity petrol and diesel engines, including 1.0 litre three- and 1.25 litre four-cylinder petrol units and, in Europe, 1.1 and 1.4 litre diesel engines.
In Australia, the current i20 range is powered exclusively by a 73kW 1.4 litre petrol engine.
Above: Hyundai has yet to reveal the cabin of the global i20 hatch, but the carmaker has been more forthcoming with the Indian-market 'Elite i20'. (The Indian model is largely identical on the outside, suggesting the interior may also be similar.)
The i20 leads the light-car market in Australia, with 8721 sales year-to-date. The compact Hyundai is followed closely by the Mazda2 and Toyota’s Yaris, with 7633 and 7617 year-to-date sales respectively.
Both are due for replacement soon, with an all-new Mazda2 on the way and a facelifted Yaris also due in the coming months.
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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