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New Hyundai i20 Launched; Prices Here

The previous generation of the Hyundai i20 was launched internationally in 2008, and at the end of the same year in India. It was a big hatchback that was loaded to the brim with features never heard of before in the segment, and the car was pretty popular because it was a value-for-money proposition.  The i20 was refreshed in 2012 to make it’s design more in line with Hyundai’s ‘fluidic’ design language. Now Hyundai has launched an all-new model to take on the growing competition in the segment.

Updated on 11th August 2014

The Hyundai ‘Elite’ i20 has been launched in India. Check out the prices below:

Price

Diesel Variants

  • i20 Era : Rs. 6.10 lakh
  • i20 Magna : Rs. 6.62 Lakh
  • i20 Sportz : Rs. 7.14 Lakh
  • i20 Asta : Rs. 7.67 Lakh

Petrol Variants

  • i20 Era : Rs. 4.90 Lakh
  • i20 Magna : Rs. 5.42 lakh
  • i20 Sportz : Rs. 5.94 Lakh
  • i20 Asta : Rs. 6.47 Lakh

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Video Review Of 2014 Hyundai Elite i20

Updated on 4th August 2014

Hyundai dealerships have started accepting pre-bookings for the new Hyundai i20. Interested customers can go to the nearest dealership and book their car for a sum of Rs. 5000.

Some more details of the car have been revealed thanks to IndianCarsBikes.com

The new i20 has changed in terms of dimensions, width has increased by 24 mm to 1737 mm, wheelbase has increased by 45 mm to 2570 mm, height of the car is the same at 1505 mm, ground clearance has increased by 4 mm to 169 mm but the length of the car has decreased by 10 mm and now stands at 3985 mm. The increase in wheelbase and width means that the car is now more spacious for passengers. The decrease in length may eat into the luggage space, but the company figures suggest otherwise, we will have to see it for ourselves to confirm.

The design inside-out has received an overhaul, the car has become more masculine outside, while the interiors have become more premium. Features on the new car include

  • Dual tone beige-brown interiors
  • Rear A/C Vent
  • Black and chrome finish front grille
  • Black finish C-Pillar
  • 15” alloy wheels
  • Centre armrest between front seats with storage space below
  • Front bucket type seats
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • DRLs above headlamp
  • Blue switch-gear back lighting
  • 2-DIN media player with 4 speaker and 4 tweeters
  • Electro-Chromatic interior rearview mirror with camera display & adaptive parking guidelines
  • Clutch footrest
  • Front impact sensor
  • Smart pedals; Engine power is cut if accelerator and brake pedals are pressed at the same time in case of emergency braking.
  • Front seat belts with pre-tensioner.

The new i20 will be powered by either a 1.4-litre U2, CRDi engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, or a 1.2-litre Kappa, petrol engine coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. Details of the automatic variant of the car have not been revealed.

The 1.4-litre diesel engine produces 89 BHP @ 4000 RPM and 220 Nm @1500-2750 RPM, powering the car to a top speed of 170 KMPH.

The 1.2-litre petrol motor produces 82 BHP @ 6000 RPM and 115 Nm @4000 RPM, which can propel the car upto 165 KMPH.

More details are awaited. Stay tuned.

Updated on 1st August 2014

We have all seen enough spy pictures by now, its time to see something official. Before the official launch which is expected on 11th of August 2014, Hyundai India has officially opened the pre-bookings of all new The Elite i20 from Hyundai. Below are the official renderings which showcase the design philosophy of the car. The new i20 has been designed in Europe design center of Hyundai at Germany.

image- official rendering of 2014 new Hyundai Elite i20 Front

image- official rendering of 2014 new Hyundai Elite i20 Rear

The 2014 New Elite i20 from Hyundai has been designed based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design principle from Hyundai. Some of the major design elements include sleeker headlapms, bolder front grille with larger hexagonal design, powerful stance with large hood. C-Pillars have been darkened to make it look more sporty and larger in size, we see similar cues in some popular cars like EcoSport. The rear is also very neatly designed with sleek tail lamp combination clusters. It somewhat resembles the Brazilian cousin of i20, the HB20. We will bring you a drive report & video review very soon, so make sure you sign-up for our email newsletter and official youtube video channel for latest updates.

Have a look at the official teaser video from Hyundai below:

Updated on 7th July 2014

The Hyundai i20 has been spied un-camouflaged, pointing to the fact that Hyundai is getting ready to launch the car in India very soon; maybe as soon as September 2014. The car gets very angular, loosing the swooping lines of the previous model. The styling seems to be a continuation of the design introduced on the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Xcent.

At the front the new i20 gets headlights which look like elongated versions of the ones on the Grand i10/Xcent, the grille is slim and the lower air-dam is prominent. The design is a bit of a departure from Hyundai’s ‘fluidic’ design, there are some elements which are similar to Ford’s ‘kinetic’ design. Move to the side and it is pretty evident that the i20 has grown, this is good news as the increase in cabin space and luggage space will be much appreciated. At the rear you see tail-lamp units which seem to be inspired by the HB20 sold in Brazil, they are slim units which give the car a unique look.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Updated on 2nd July 2014

New spy shots of the upcoming Hyundai i20 show the tail-lamps more clearly. We can confirm that the design on the India-bound i20 will be a bit different than the one sold in other markets, at least if the rear is compared. The tail-lamp design is different on the test mules running in India than the one that was spotted in Europe (check the update made on March 27th below).

Updated on 11th June 2014

A new spy shot of the Hyundai i20 gives us a clearer picture what the car may look like. A spy shot showing the front of the car with less camouflage than before gives us a better idea about the design on the new car. The rendering that we showed you earlier (21st April 2014 update) is pretty much accurate, you can notice the large headlights, the trapezoidal air-intake and the s=very slim grille which connects the headlamps. You can also notice a chin-spoiler on the car, which will be new for a Hyundai when the car is launched in India. Check out the spy shot below;

Updated on 6th May 2014

Recent spy shots of the Hyundai i20 testing in India reveal that there might be slight variants in the model launched in India. The tail-lamp cluster on the test mule looks very different from the ones seen on the European test mules (check update made on 27th March). The bottom of the tail-lamp does not end as abruptly as the one on the European test mule, it tapers upward onto the boot, which will look better in our opinion. Check out the spy shot below:

Updated on 21st April 2014

Based on the numerous spy shots of the new Hyundai i20, Autobild has come up with some rednerings of how the car may look when revealed in 2015. Take a look below:

What do you think? Let us now in the comments section below.

Updated on 27th March 2014

The new Hyundai i20 has been spotted testing a lot of times across the world, bu these are the first spy shots where the interiors and the rear have been spotted without camouflage. Check out the images below:

As you can see in the images above, the interiors have received a comprehensive styling change: The steering wheel has been redesigned and becomes a 3-spoke unit rather than the 4-spoke unit on the current model. The centre console seems to have been pushed upward, the small screen above it in the current model has been done away with. The Dashboard is now distinctively split into two parts, a lower part and an upper part. The A/C vents are not as long vertically as the ones in the current model. The A/C controls look much better, there seem to buttons to control seat ventilation for the front seats too. The desogn of the door pads is much more cohesive than the ones found on the current model.

Move to the rear and you see a big redesign, the ‘boomerang’ tail-lamps may seem awkward now but we think it would look nice once the whole car is revealed (in other spy shots, we hope). It looks like the car will have a deep luggage area, the boot-lid has been really pushed out.

What do you think of the spy shots? Let us know in the comments section below

Updated on 15th February 2014

The 2014 new Hyundai i20 has been spotted testing again in Chennai by MotoVikatan, Hyundai will unveil the new i20 by the end of 2014 and has been extensively testing the car on India roads since 2013. Check out the spy shots below:

From this angle it is clear that the new Hyundai i20 will get a prominent grille which will reflect Hyundai’s new fluidic design, something that is not so apprent in the current model. The new Hyundai i20 will also get swept back headlamps, new ORVMs etc.

The most clear shot of the rear of the new Hyundai i20 yet, this angle shows that the tail-lamps unit might not be as swept back as the one on the current model, it may also feature LED elements.

Hyundai wants to get a bigger share in the mass-market car segment, the new Hyundai i20, along with the upcoming Hyundai Excent and the upcoming Hyundai compact SUV will surely hot-up their respective segments, expect a lot more news from Hyundai in the near future. Keep tuned in to Car Blog India for more news.

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Updated on 10th June 2013

Hyundai has started testing the next generation i20 near its plant at Chennai. This is quite exciting as it means that Hyundai will be launching the new i20 in India by the end of 2013 or early 2014. By the looks of it, the Hyundai i20 will get better in sync with Hyundai’s ‘fluidic’ design language, it may get a bit bigger but will be within the 4-metre limit. The most prominent design change that can be seen is in the rear door glass area.

Check out the images below:

image source: Team-BHP

The photo below shows the rear of the new i20. Hyundai has heavily camouflaged the car to confuse on-lookers, there have been some suggestions that this could be a compact sedan, and that is a sign that the camouflage is working. As far as we know, Hyundai is not planning a compact sedan version of the i20, because the car is too close to the 4-metre long marker, 3995 mm to be precise. Fitting a boot onto this big hatchback will be too difficult a task.

image source: Autocar India

Updated on 31st May 2013

Hyundai is now a aggressive player in the market, and refreshes its products every five-to-six years. By that logic, the i20 is set to get a total refresh anytime soon, and there is proof that the process is already underway. Spy shots have come all the way from Hyundai’s home country, South Korea, of camouflaged cars which may be test mules of the next gen i20.

As you can see from the two images above, the rear window of the new Hyundai i20 is now redesigned and makes the car look a bit longer. The outside rear-view mirrors look different too. Ground clearance looks lesser than the current i20, but that could be revised by the time the car is launched in India. Though the engineers have camouflaged the car to make it look boxy, you can be rest assured that the next i20 will get the sweeping ‘fluidic’ design that all Hyundai cars get.

We do not have any info on the engines, transmissions and features that the new i20 will get, but we know that unless the rules change the new i20 will be powered by a 1.2 litre (or smaller) petrol engine and a 1.5 litre (or smaller) diesel engine. Currently the i20 is powered by a 1.2-litre, 84 BHP, 116 Nm petrol engine which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, a 1.4-litre, 90 BHP, 224 Nm, diesel engine which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and a 1.4-litre, 100 BHP, 139 Nm, petrol engine which is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. These engine and transmission combinations could be carried over to the new i20 too.

It is expected that Hyundai will launch the car internationally, sometime in 2014.

Check out more spy shots of the car below. Follow this space for more news.

 

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Hyundai i20 (2015) - pictures, information & specs

With the launch of the New Generation i20, Hyundai Motor Europe is continuing its successful presence in the B-segment, highlighted by almost a million sales since 2002. The popularity of the original i20 has made it one of the company's best-selling cars in the region. The key aims of the new model are to open Hyundai Motor Europe to an even wider audience, further develop perceptions of the brand and confirm Hyundai's strategic focus on Europe.

The New Generation i20 has been designed and developed in Europe, and three key attributes in particular underline how it meets the needs of European consumers: class-leading interior space, high-technology and comfort-enhancing features, and clean, refined design.

Hyundai's third-generation B-segment vehicle highlights a significant step forward for the company since 2002, when Getz was first introduced to Europe. The New Generation i20 remains true to the principles of delivering value beyond expectations, exemplified by models including New Generation i10 and New ix35. The launch of this latest vehicle also means every Hyundai model in Europe has been renewed in the last five years.

Longer, lower and wider than the previous model, New Generation i20 was penned at Hyundai Motor's Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The new model's character is inspired by the company's Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, with elegant lines and a sculptured profile giving it a bold and sophisticated appearance. On the New Generation i20, a Hyundai Motor's key design element hexagonal grille flows into stylish bi-function headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

Key styling cues are echoed inside the spacious cabin. Sitting on a new platform, the wheelbase has been extended by 45 millimetres to 2570 mm creating more space for occupants. Class-leading interior space - 1892 mm combined front and rear legroom - makes the New Generation i20 a true five-seater, while outstanding boot capacity of 326 litres heightens the vehicle's versatility.

Designed to transport the driver and passengers in great comfort, the cabin features extensive use of soft-touch materials, as well as subtle piano black inserts and chrome detailing, to create a modern and sophisticated interior package.

The vehicle has also been fitted with a number of new technologies that provide levels of comfort and convenience normally associated with large-vehicle segments. For example, the inclusion of front and rear parking assist, heated steering wheel, static bending headlamps and automatic defog system are firsts for a Hyundai B-segment vehicle. Additionally, the lane departure warning system is another innovative feature, normally found in higher segments. The unique-in-class panoramic sunroof, able to both tilt and fully open, enhances the comfort and the sense of space for occupants, filling the cabin with natural light and fresh air.

The New Generation i20's driving experience has been fine-tuned to ensure suitability for European roads following rigorous ride and handling testing in alpine mountain areas, hot summer evaluation in southern Europe and cold winter testing in Scandinavia. During testing, New Generation i20 was tested at altitudes as high as 2500 metres and subjected to temperatures ranging from +40 Celcius down to -35 Celcius. The extensive use of lightweight high-strength steel in the platform and bodyshell has yielded a reduction in core weight of the vehicle, as well as a significant improvement in torsional rigidity, reducing vibrations when on the move and aiding handling performance.

Hyundai Motor's confidence in its European build quality means every New Generation i20 comes with the company's industry-leading Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, as standard. This industry-best support package also includes five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.

As a further demonstration of Hyundai's commitment to Europe, and underlining the fact that the car is a truly European vehicle, Hyundai has unified New Generation i20 production at its Turkish plant. 100% of New Generation i20 production will take place at the recently-expanded Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant in Izmit, Turkey.

The New Generation i20 is the third car to be launched as part of 'Product Momentum 2017', an initiative that will see Hyundai launch 22 new models and derivatives in Europe by 2017. New products and new technologies will further Hyundai's regionalisation strategy of designing, engineering and producing cars for Europe, in Europe.

STYLING & DESIGN

The original i20 was one of Hyundai Motor's first truly European vehicles, designed, developed and built in the region. It later featured a progressive design and hexagonal grille that became a hallmark of Hyundai design.

The design of New Generation i20 was led at Hyundai Motor's Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

The distinctive design was influenced by the latest interpretation of Hyundai Motor's design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, with the clean and elegant lines giving it a sophisticated appearance.

With a larger platform than its predecessor, the wheelbase of the New Generation i20 is 45 mm longer (now 2570 mm) than the outgoing model, meaning the wheels are closer to each corner. The European design team paid particular attention to achieving balanced proportions, with the generous shape and long hood creating a powerful stance.

Compared to its predecessor, the New Generation i20 is longer, wider and lower. The bodyshell is 40 mm longer (overall length 4035 mm) and 16 mm lower (overall height 1474 mm). The width has increased by 24 mm (overall 1734 mm) making it one of the widest cars in its class. The overhangs at the front of the vehicle have been shortened to communicate the dynamic qualities of the driver experience.

The bodyshell incorporates a single feature line running the length of the vehicle just below the windows and connecting at the rear. A waistline moulding at the base of the door - first exhibited on the New Generation i10 -creates a sleek profile, which is complemented by the soft, sculptured 'undercuts' of the body panels.

The European team has created a bold front aesthetic that now features a distinctive dual-element grille. The upright chrome-framed hexagonal grille has been lowered for design and engineering purposes, while a thin, horizontal grille connecting the bi-function headlamps (incorporating daytime running lights), emphasises the width of the vehicle. Reinforcing the vehicle's purposeful stance, the wheel arches subtly flow into the long hood.

On New Generation i20, the A-pillars are thinner, shorter and more upright, achieved via the use of advanced high-strength steel. The redesigned pillar creates more interior space for occupants as well as enhancing the driver's field of vision, making exiting junctions safer and manoeuvring in tight city spaces easier.

At the rear, the New Generation i20 features a wrap-around, gloss-finished black.

C-pillar that gives the impression of a floating roofline. The feature line that runs the length of the vehicle connects at the rear - dropping subtly below the rear window to improve visibility.

The lamp clusters wrap around the rear wing into the trunk lid and feature a distinctive 'boomerang' LED design.

Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor's Design Centre Europe, commented: "The bold and distinctive volume of the new i20 gives the car a unique personality, which is underlined by the premium look of the headlamps and rear combi lamps. For example, the concave element below the rear lamp expresses the 3 dimensional and sculptural aspect of the Hyundai design language."

The purposeful appearance of New Generation i20 is emphasised by its long hood, low roofline and sharp crease line that combine to achieve a more streamlined vehicle, lowering the car's aerodynamic drag figure to 0,30 Cd (from 0,32 Cd for the previous i20).

At the rear, New Generation i20 features a large tailgate for ease of loading into its generous boot space (up 10% on the previous generation car to 326 litres). The 1027 mm wide opening is one of the broadest in the segment. A prominent Hyundai badge sits above an optional integrated rear-view camera, a feature usually associated with vehicles from sectors above.

The reversing lamp has been integrated into the rear bumper - a first for Hyundai. The decision to re-position the lamp was based purely on design factors, allowing greater styling flexibility within the rear LED lamp cluster.

The broad appeal of the New Generation i20 to new and existing customers will be further enhanced by the widest range of interior and exterior colour combinations available on a B-segment car. The new model will be available in nine vibrant exterior shades, comprising two solid (Baby Elephant and Polar White), four metallic (Mandarine Orange, Iced Coffee, Sleek Silver and Star Dust) and three pearl (Aqua Sparkling, Phantom Black and Red Passion).

Inside, the New Generation i20 offers the widest choice of interior colours on the market. The upholstery is available in two materials - cloth and leather - and the dashboard and seats are colour-coordinated. The cloth seats can be specified in four colours: Comfort Grey, Elegant Beige, Cappuccino and Blue Grey, while the leather seats are black, featuring distinctive colour stitching.

All of New Generation i20's key surfaces are colour coded to provide a connected and premium feel for the interior space. Each interior colour took inspiration from everyday items, giving each its own distinctive character. The colours have been designed to create an elegant and calm interior environment, with the colour blocks throughout the cabin visible from the outside and complementing the exterior colour.

A coloured inlay that runs the full width of the dashboard and around the handle on the door emphasises the width and available space, giving the cabin a brighter feel. Slimmer and wider than the inlay in New Generation i10, it encompasses the redesigned air vents, which overhang the dashboard into the doors that have been shaped specifically to provide better air flow into and around the cabin. The inlay matches the colour of the seat and door armrest upholstery.

The refined stitching of the seat padding was developed and executed to the highest standards to be functional and stylish, in keeping with the rest of the interior design.

Hyundai Motor's ergonomics team worked to produce 'functional clustering' of the key technologies, grouping together instrumentation such as the audio, heating and ventilation, and powered window systems, to yield a cleaner cabin visual.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

With a large cabin and a generous list of standard technologies, including some 'firsts' for the European B-segment, the New Generation i20 offers a sophisticated and luxurious occupant environment that will appeal to a young audience.

The new, larger platform on which the New Generation i20 is based has a wheelbase that is 45 mm longer (now 2570 mm), providing greater interior space to match the sophisticated look.

Thanks to its increased dimensions and ergonomic cabin packaging, the New Generation i20 is one of the most competitive cars in its class for interior spaciousness. The new model is longer, wider and lower, providing Hyundai Motor's designers with more space to create a genuine five-seater for the B-segment, with the new model now yielding a more substantial cabin space.

The New Generation i20 offers combined front and rear legroom of 1892 mm, a class-leading figure and comparable with the space of a C-segment vehicle. Despite its lower roofline, the more substantial footprint and lower seat position enhance interior dimensions, allowing five adults to travel in comfort.

Compared with the previous model, front-seat occupants enjoy 33 mm greater headroom (1038 mm), more legroom (+24 mm to 1098 mm), a 6 mm increase in the hip room (1301 mm) and 15 mm more shoulder space (1365 mm). In the rear of the cabin, headroom of 978 mm, legroom of 794 mm and shoulder room of 1350 mm allow three adults to be seated in comfort.

Additional legroom was created in the front by raising the height of the dashboard and moving the glovebox and surrounding components forward - made possible due to the longer hood.

Cargo capacity has also been enhanced, making the vehicle one of the most accommodating in the segment. The boot volume has increased by 10% to a class-leading 326 litres (previously 295 litres) with the rear seats upright.

Thanks to clever packaging, the rear bench can fold fully flat, meaning trunk capacity is boosted to 1042 litres with the rear seats folded - ideal for young families and those carrying larger items. A two-stage luggage floor board can be moved up or down to conceal items and create additional storage options.

To emphasise the generous interior proportions and create an open and airy cabin, the New Generation i20 features a full-length panoramic sunroof that floods the cabin with natural light. The panoramic sunroof can both tilt and fully open - unique for the B-segment - allowing occupants to tailor the amount of fresh air entering the cabin, while a sun shade protects occupants from direct sunlight.

Front-seat occupants benefit from larger cup holders in the centre console and a 1.5-litre bottle storage in the doors as well as a centre console box, greatly enhancing secure storage space. Rear doors feature a 1.0-litre bottle storage space. The lid of the centre console box is finished with a soft-touch fabric, allowing it to double as an arm rest. The driver and front-seat passenger can also make use of a roof-mounted sunglasses holder.

One of the key goals for the design team was to ensure the New Generation i20's perceived interior quality was among the very best in the segment. The cabin has undergone extensive ergonomic testing to ensure it is easy and pleasant to use, while retaining a sense of premium quality. The dashboard is asymmetric, angled five degrees towards the driver to make it as practical and user-friendly as possible, though it appears symmetrical to occupants.

Hyundai Motor's engineers and designers have selected a number of high-quality, high-durability materials to ensure the cabin provides lasting comfort and good looks.

On many of the cabin's key surfaces a high-grade Thermal Plastic Olefin (TPO) material has been applied, including on the vehicle's dashboard and door trims. The soft-to-the-touch material is highly durable, maintaining a premium look and feel even after frequent use.

"The dash and the door materials are the first a potential customer touches after the steering wheel, so these need to be good quality and, most importantly, soft," commented Christian Löer, Head of Product Management and Pricing at Hyundai Motor Europe.

Hyundai Motor has, for the first time equipped the cabin with subtle piano black inserts, in addition to chrome detailing around the air vents and gear shift lever to create a modern and sophisticated interior package. The piano black and chrome finishes continue around the start/stop button, audio and HVAC unit controls.

The new platform and generous shape of the New Generation i20 have been developed using more lightweight, high-strength steel to yield stiffer torsional rigidity. The result is an improvement in ride quality, reduction in core weight and gains in damping to mitigate noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

The body structure is composed of 42% lightweight, ultra high-strength steel, compared with 16% in the outgoing model. Together with reinforcing loops fitted to the B- and C-pillars and the tailgate opening, this raises torsional rigidity by 81% (to 23.2 kgf m2/rad).

Throughout the new model, Hyundai engineers have applied technologies aimed at reducing the intrusion of noise and vibration to the cabin. Increased sound-absorption at the base of the A-, B- and C-pillars protects occupants from road vibrations, while a high-density anti-noise pad is fitted within the floor pan to limit noise ingress. Hyundai has equipped New Generation i20 with an improved, low-frequency ISO PAD behind the dashboard, which helps reduce engine noise within the cabin.

In the pursuit of a quieter interior, the New Generation i20's external mirrors have been designed to improve airflow. Additionally, by fitting an inner belt to the door frame, Hyundai engineers have ensured a tighter close between it and the B-pillar, removing possible air interruption and, therefore, wind noise.

The New Generation i20 embodies the company's approach to delivering value beyond expectations, with the brand democratising a number of new technologies straight from the D- to the B-segment. In the same way that All-New Genesis offers buyers a number of segment innovations, so New Generation i20 is fitted with technology that has never been seen before in a B-segment car, for example, the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).

To further help the New Generation i20 stand out from the competition, the car features two unique comfort-orientated technologies, which were first fitted to the Hyundai i40: automatic windscreen defog and a heated steering wheel.

Other new features include a dashboard-integrated seven-inch satellite navigation system (the first time Hyundai Motor has applied this technology in its B-segment car), automatic folding door mirrors, front and rear parking assist, and smartphone docking integration. USB and auxiliary connectivity is fitted as standard and can be specified with an integrated My Music function along with Bluetooth hands free, where up to 1GB of music can be stored and played.

The New Generation i20 features enhanced instrumentation thanks to a 3.5-inch OLED LCD Supervision Cluster to provide a wide range of information to the driver in high-resolution clarity.

By unifying production of New Generation i20 in Turkey, Hyundai has been able to focus on developing a specification exclusive to European consumers. The car is available in four highly-equipped trim levels, all aimed at delivering true value: 'Access', 'Comfort', 'Panorama' and 'LED'.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

The New Generation i20 is available with a choice of two Hyundai 'Kappa' gasoline and two 'U-II' diesel power units. These proven powerplants have been carried over from the previous-generation model with a number of improvements to enhance driveability and ensure compliance with new Euro6 emission regulations.

Hyundai's European engineering team, based at the Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, focused on developing powertrains to better suit the demands of the region's buyers. Hyundai engineers tuned each unit to deliver more maximum and low-end (2000 rpm) torque, enabling a more accessible and responsive driving experience day-to-day. As a result, for example, the New Generation i20 can accelerate between 80 and 120 kph faster than before.

Gasoline

Buyers who prefer a gasoline engine can choose the much-praised 1.25-litre 'Kappa' four-cylinder in low power (75 ps) or high-power (84 ps) form. This all-aluminium unit receives a five-speed manual transmission as standard.

Alternatively, petrol buyers can choose a 1.4-litre four-cylinder 100 ps unit. The more powerful engine can be mated to a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox.

Outstanding features of the Kappa engine's modern architecture include dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), a very stiff cast aluminium block with cast iron liners, aluminium cylinder head, lighter connecting rods and maintenance-free long-life timing chain.

Diesel

To meet the growing demand for low-emission, high-economy diesel units, Hyundai offers European consumers the choice of two engines from its popular 'U-II' family: the 75 ps, 1.1-litre engine or the 90 ps 1.4-litre powerplant. Both engines are equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Customers of diesel variants of New Generation i20 will notice a reduction in noise thanks to the addition of rubber-coated sprockets, providing a decent improvement over the outgoing model.

Transmissions

Both the five-and six-speed manual transmissions fitted to the New Generation i20 have been extensively tested to deliver a smoother, quieter and more tactile shift, in keeping with the other quality enhancements made for the model. The transmissions now feature multi-cone synchroniser rings on the first two ratios, a carbon-coated synchroniser ring on ratio three, and an anti-vibration mechanism fitted to the reverse gear to prevent 'grinding' noise and feel. Shift accuracy and snap-in feel has been improved with the addition of a guide plate inserted in the control shaft coupling.

RUNNING GEAR

Utilising the company's large engineering and testing presence Europe, Hyundai Motor tuned every element of the New Generation i20 to optimise ride and handling characteristics for European roads.

New Generation i20 sits on fully-independent MacPherson strut suspension at the front and semi-independent coupled torsion beam axle at the rear. Hyundai's engineers have upgraded the two systems to exploit the new car's larger footprint, its significantly stronger structure and altered weight distribution.

The 64% stiffer bodyshell, combined with longer wheelbase (+45 mm) and increased tracks offer noticeable gains in cornering stability and grip.

The New Generation i20 employs a permanently-magnetised Brushless Alternating Current (BLAC) motor-driven power steering (MDPS) system, for greater accuracy and operating range. The steering system requires 2.7 turns lock-to-lock for a 5.1-metre turning radius - making the car easy to navigate around the urban environment.

The front suspension employs a new shock absorber valve system, which harmonises ride and handling, giving a smoother ride and decreasing noise vibration and harshness. At the rear, the wheel-arch cavities and floor pan have been redesigned to accommodate long-travel shock absorbers, which are mounted vertically. The orientation greatly reduces friction, resulting in greater wheel control and handling, a better response to the driver and also improved ride quality, benefitting occupant comfort. These enhancements mean that the ride of New Generation i20 is smoother compared to Original i20 while handling and responsiveness is increased.

SAFETY

The latest generation of Hyundai cars have been engineered from the earliest stages with occupant and pedestrian safety as a key priority. Hyundai engineers have rigorously tested and developed advanced passive and active safety systems.

At the very core of the vehicle, safeguarding above-average impact resistance, is the stronger chassis and bodyshell, which benefits from the extensive use of advanced-high-strength steel (42% of total composition compared with 16% for the original i20).

The New Generation i20, designed and developed specifically for Europe's buyers, has been equipped with active and passive safety features that are increasingly expected by the region's consumers.

Every New Generation i20 model is fitted, as standard, with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which work in combination to reduce wheel spin or loss of vehicle control on low-friction road surfaces. The ESC has been carefully tuned to be as unobtrusive as possible during driving, creating a natural and comfortable driving experience.

Also standard on New Generation i20 is Hyundai's Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) system, which activates the hazard warning lights if a driver suddenly brakes heavily, warning drivers of following vehicles of the car's rapid deceleration. The application of brake tie rods within the brake booster provides a number of benefits to customers: improved braking strength, better braking stability, increased brake pedal feel and a reduction in ambient vibration.

Hyundai Motor has included a number of active safety technologies that are not usually offered in European B-segment vehicles.

The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) alerts drivers if they are veering off course without signalling their intention to change lane during motorway driving. The dashboard indicator offers a visual prompt in case of small deviations and if the driver persists, this is reinforced by an audible alert.

To aid visibility, New Generation i20 benefits from static headlamps, activated during cornering when the steering wheel is turned left or right by more than 25 degrees and illuminating the direction of travel. Rearward visibility is further aided by the fitment of an extra-wide angle glass in the outside door mirror.

Hyundai has also, as standard, fitted the New Generation i20 with Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) for the first time, preventing roll-back during uphill starts, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system for ultimate peace of mind.

Restraint systems

In the event of a collision, the New Generation i20 features a highly-effective network of passive safety equipment to protect occupants. The new model is fitted with six airbags as standard, including front, side and full-length curtain airbags.

In addition, all five occupants benefit from seatbelt pre-tensioners and limiters, as well as height-adjustable and sliding front head restraints to provide outstanding protection against whiplash. Newly-designed Isofix anchor points are fitted for two rear child seats.

Seatbelt reminders for all occupants and automatic central locking are also standard features.

PRODUCTION

The introduction of the New Generation i20 not only strengthens the company's Europe-focused model line-up having been designed and engineered specifically for the region's consumers. It also confirms its commitment to the region as, for the first time, i20 will be 100% built at the company's Turkish factory.

Hyundai Motor has moved production of right-hand drive models and models bound for Eastern Europe from the company's Chennai plant in India to Izmit, Turkey.

Combined with its Czech plant, which has a manufacturing capacity of 300,000 units per annum, Hyundai has the ability to build 500,000 new, made-for-Europe cars each year. As a result of these investments, 91% of all Hyundai cars sold in Europe will be built in the region, including all of its A-, B- and C-segment vehicles.

The move to bring 100% of New Generation i20 production to Europe has a number of benefits for European consumers. Not only does it allow Hyundai to concentrate on developing specifications and trim levels that offer true value to the region's consumers, it also reduces factory complexity and restrictions, creating cost savings that can be passed on to consumers. Faster production also means shorter delivery times.

This approach also minimises the impact of fluctuating currencies and import duties as well as reducing freight costs.

Production of New Generation i20 commences in October 2014.

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    Hyundai i20 (2009) - pictures, information & specs

    Hyundai i20

    With its fresh and head-turning styling, versatile interior, class-leading safety and engaging driver dynamics, the sparkling new Hyundai i20 took centre stage on the Hyundai stand at the 2008 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. Building on the reputation for peerless reliability and exceptional cost-effectiveness established by its Hyundai Getz predecessor, Hyundai i20 offers drivers more of everything - enhanced functionality from the intelligently configured cabin layout, higher levels of luxury, convenience and safety equipment, engaging handling from its all-new chassis and tuned suspension, and an extensive seven-strong line-up of punchy petrol and frugal turbo-diesels engines, with the choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Designed and developed in Europe to meet the high expectations of European drivers, and benefiting from Hyundai's unlimited mileage three-year warranty, the Hyundai i20 arrives fully armed to succeed in Europe's ultra-competitive supermini sector. Initially available as a five-door model, a sportier three-door Hyundai i20 version debuts in January 2009.

    Style and Design

    Designed at Hyundai's European headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany, the chic new Hyundai i20 follows in the stylish European footsteps of the acclaimed i10 and i30 models. Lower, longer and wider than the Getz it replaces, the five-door Hyundai i20 rides on an extended 2525mm wheelbase, enhancing both its athletic stance and spacious interior architecture. Featuring Hyundai's distinctive design motifs - a bold chrome-topped grille flanked by piercing teardrop headlamps at the front and striking stacked rear light clusters - the i20's modern lines are further strengthened by neat detailing, including colour-co-ordinated bumpers, sills and wing mirrors, integrated antenna, mechanical boot release, flush-mounted door handles and chunky standard-fit 16-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels. And new Hyundai i20 arrives with a palette of 10 new solid and metallic exterior hues - including fashionable Crystal White.

    2009 Hyundai i20

    Interior

    Luxury and versatility blend seamlessly in the new Hyundai i20's spacious and generously appointed cabin. With all four trim levels - Classic, Comfort, Style and Premium - featuring climate control, a powerful four-speaker radio, CD and MP3 audio system with integrated data display screen, a multi-function steering wheel, tyre pressure monitoring system, height-adjustable driver seat, keyless entry and electrically operated windows and side mirrors, i20's list of standard features puts it head and shoulders above the majority of its rivals.

    Suspension, Ride Quality and NVH

    In keeping with its dynamic styling, Hyundai i20 rides on an all-new platform that delivers an athletic and agile driving experience. With much of the car's ride and handling development work undertaken on European roads - hot weather testing was carried out in Spain, cold weather testing in Sweden and high-speed testing in Germany - Hyundai's ride and handling engineers have ensured i20's front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam suspension delivers the taut and alert ride quality favoured by the European market. The new rack and pinion steering setup has also been tuned to deliver quick and accurate responses resulting in excellent urban agility. Extensive use of advanced noise reduction materials throughout the development process - particularly in the diesel-powered models - has resulted in exceptionally high levels of refinement, imbuing Hyundai i20 with a sophisticated and cosseting cabin ambience.

    Powertrain

    Hyundai's new i20 debuts with a range of seven petrol and diesel engines that have been extensively revised to deliver greater performance, enhanced economy and lower emissions than before. The Euro IV-compliant petrol line-up comprises the 78PS 1.2, 100PS 1.4 and 126PS 1.6 all available with five-speed manual transmissions, with the option of four-speed automatic gearboxes on the 1.4 and 1.6 models.

    Posting a low CO₂rating of just 124g/km and returning just 5.2 l/100km on the combined cycle, the all-new 1.2 all-alloy engine delivers an excellent combination of performance and economy.

    Geared up to meet the high European demand for diesel power, Hyundai i20 arrives with four Euro IV -compliant turbo diesel engines, fitted with CPF diesel particulate traps as standard for 1.6 (115ps & 128ps) diesel engine. The 1.4 comes in two specifications - 75PS and 90PS - while the flagship 1.6 is available in 115PS and 128PS trim. Economical and clean, the 115PS variant returns a class-leading CO₂figure of 115g/km and 4.3l/100km on the combined cycle. Both 1.4 models come with five-speed manual transmissions, while the flagship 1.6 is mated to a six-gear manual drivetrain.

    Safety

    Hyundai is synonymous with class-leading safety, and the new Hyundai i20 debuts with exceptionally high levels of active and passive safety equipment. Its outright agility and responsiveness play a key role in keeping the Hyundai i20 driver out of harm's way, but should the worst occur those on board are protected by the extensive use of high-tensile steel in the Hyundai's robust chassis, six airbags - front, side and curtain - fitted as standard, active headrests, front seatbelt pretensioners and latest generation ABS anti-lock brakes, ESP electronic stability control, EBD Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. This safety package is further enhanced by an advanced tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix mounting points in the rear and seatbelt reminders for all five occupants, which means Hyundai i20 arrives on the market as one of the safest cars in its class. Hyundai is confident of a full five-star Euro NCAP adult occupant protection and child protection crash test result for the Hyundai i20.

    Convenience

    The Hyundai i20's five-seater interior may pamper, but it also majors on everyday practicalities with a 40:60 split flat-folding rear bench with a low lip for easy loading into the a roomy and regularly-shaped 295-litre rear loadbay, numerous intelligently positioned interior storage spaces including a large cooled passenger glovebox and two cupholders, and excellent all round visibility. These elements are complemented by the reach-and-rake adjustable steering wheel, complete with integrated audio controls and keyless central locking actuated by Hyundai i20's ergonomically designed folding keyfob.

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