Based on the European-market i20 hatch, the i20 Active offers a range of adventure-seeking visual upgrades over the regular hatch.
Ride-height increases by 20mm and is joined by front and rear body-cladding, contrasting door bump-strips, and front and rear bash-plates, giving the look of a pint-sized off-roader.
As with the rest of the i20 range, the Active delivers its power to the front wheels only, tempering serious off-road forays.
Already available in India, the European i20 Active differs slightly in specification and introduces a new 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine in two states for tune: 74kW and 88kW, both backed by 172Nm of torque.
That new engine, which also appears on the Kia stand powering the updated Cee’d, will join the regular three- and five-door i20 range alongside a selection of naturally aspirated petrol and turbodiesel four-cylinder engines.
Keen spotters will also note that the Active name has been repurposed.
Used to denote entry-level specification by Hyundai Australia, the i20 Active instead focusses on its go-anywhere looks (if not ability). Hyundai’s global naming policy could potentially see that change take effect here over time.