Those spy photos will have taken some air out of the new i20’s teaser campaign, with these flattering illustrations boasting a wider and meaner look.
Designed at Hyundai’s European design centre in Germany, the new i20 wears the latest evolution of the company’s styling language, dubbed ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’.
Hyundai’s familiar hexagonal grille design is again featured, and much of the new hatch’s styling is shared with the smaller i10.
(Spied test cars for facelifted 2015 updates to the i30 and i40 models also reveal that this look will soon spread across the Hyundai range.)
The glasshouse of the new i20 will be given a wrap-around appearance thanks to its blacked-out C-pillars and fast rising belt-line, and slender new lights at the rear pay homage to the big new Genesis premium sedan.
Engines for the new i20 are expected to carry over largely unchanged from the current range, which in Australia is limited to a 73kW 1.4 litre petrol engine.
Options in other markets include 1.0 litre three- and 1.25 litre four-cylinder petrol units and, in Europe, 1.1 and 1.4 litre diesel engines.
Likely due in Australia next year, the new i20 will take up its predecessor's battle to remain the top-selling light car in Australia.
Figures to the end of June show the i20 leading its segment with 7736 year-to-date sales, followed by the Mazda2 (6616), the Yaris (6573) and the Suzuki Swift (4506). Kia’s Rio rounds out the top five with 4305 YTD sales.
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