At last Hyundai has unwrapped its most current addition to its elegant i-range of compact cars the brand new i20 three-door hatch which will be on sale later this year in global markets.
Like its predecessor, the five-door i20, the latest three-door version was designed at the European design center of Hyundai located in Russelsheim, Germany and follows the design of the former although it is slightly bigger and a more shapely body.
The three-door i20 measures 3.95 meters long, 1.71 meters wide and 1.49 meter high and comes with space for five passengers.
Features that are standard on the three-door i20 include six airbags, dynamic head restraints, and a stereo capable of playing MP3 and comes with USB connectivity.
Powertain lineup for the new i20 consists of three gasoline engines with displacements of 1.2-liters, 1.4-liters, and 1.6-liters with respective power yields of 78hp (58kW), 100hp (75kW), and 126hp (94kW), including a 1.6-liter common-rail turbodiesel with 115hp (85kW).
The new three-door i20 will not be sold in the US although there were speculations prior that the smaller i10 five-door hatch may reach US markets.
Tough US safety regulations are the common hurdles that foreign car makers must face when they want to import their global models to the United States. After the i20 three-door makes it introduction next month at the Geneva event it will reach European showrooms by April 2009.
The new Hyundai i20 -- redesigned at the carmaker’s European headquarters in Germany – now dons the brand’s 'fluidic sculpture' signature design language.
Up front, the Hyundai i20 now sports a hexagonal-shaped grille – a design detail typical of all new Hyundai models. This grille is flanked by new headlights, which along with the updated bonnet, front wing and front bumper with fog lights – lend the new i20 a contemporary appearance. Furthermore, the new i20 rides on wheels with updated designs.
On the rear end, the new Hyundai i20 has been visually revised to sport a modern look. To achieve this, Hyundai gave the new i20 with an updated bumper design with integrated rear parking sensors. The carmaker also restyled to ensure that the i20 has a flowing and attractive design.
All Hyundai i20 units bound for the United Kingdom are to be produced at the carmaker’s manufacturing site near Chennai, India. UK-bound i20s could be finished in any of the two solid and eight metallic or pearl colors. These exterior colors include Black Diamond, Coral White, Electric Red, Ember Grey and Sleek Silver.
Compared to the previous model, the Hyundai i20 is now longer by 55 mm at 3,995 mm, as made possible by a redesigned front bumper (plus 30 mm) and rear bumper (25 mm). Both the new and the previous Hyundai i20 have the same width, height and wheelbase.