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Kez Casey | Sep, 17 2015 | 2 Comments

The compact SUV story continues at Hyundai, which revealed its new i20 Active pseudo-SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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.

And just like like the ix25 and related Creta ‘global’ compact SUVs that won’t be arriving in Australia, the i20 Active (as with the rest of the i20 range) won’t be seen here either.

Hyundai has previously cited unfavourable exchange rates as the primary reason for being unable to bring the new i20 into the country, and has instead repositioned the Accent in its place.

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.

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