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Hyundai reveals new i20 hatchback

Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 4:02pm

Hyundai’s all-new i20 features a revolutionary and ambitious design that follows the company’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language. With best-in-class connectivity features and the most comprehensive safety package in its class, it sets new standards for a B-segment car.

The all-new i20 is the third-generation of Hyundai’s successful model, which first launched in 2008. One of Hyundai’s most successful models, the i20 stands for quality, reliability, and practicality.

In addition to these core pillars, the all-new i20 introduces a completely new, dynamic style. The all-new i20 will be produced in Europe at Hyundai’s production plant in Izmit, Turkey, and will be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.

As well as a completely new exterior design, the all-new i20 has received a range of technological enhancements. There are two new 10.25 inch screens, consisting of a digital cluster and a navigation touchscreen, which are visually combined in the dashboard.

Meanwhile, its segment-leading Hyundai SmartSense safety package includes alongside several new features a new generation Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that now offers pedestrian and cyclist detection for even more assurance on the road.

“Thanks to great quality, reliability and practicality, the i20 has continuously been one of the top sales drivers for Hyundai in Europe,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor Europe.

“The all-new i20 illustrates our ambition by delivering eye-catching design and comprehensive connectivity and safety to the B-segment.”

Compared to its predecessor, the all-new i20’s proportions have been made more dynamic, while at the same time ensuring it is practical for navigating around busy urban areas. Its visual stance is improved by its lowered roof (-24mm), wider body (+30mm) and increased length (+5mm), while the wheelbase has also been increased by +10mm. This is further augmented by newly-designed 17 inch alloy wheels.

The interior space achieves an airy feeling inside the cockpit, while appearing sculptured and appealing.

One design highlight is the horizontal blades that cover the high and prominent dashboard. This gives it a very unconventional look by making the front fascia look slick and wide.

The all-new i20’s dynamic proportions offer increased width and an enlarged wheelbase compared to the previous generation. This provides increased seating space for passengers in the rear. Boot space has been increased by 25 litres, offering 351 litres overall for luggage. Meanwhile, a decreased beltline and a small, quarter-fixed glass window behind the rear door provide drivers with improved visibility.

The all-new i20 offers best-in-class connectivity with a range of high-tech convenience features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, now offered wirelessly, enable customers to mirror the functionality of their iOS and Android smartphones.

To increase the elegance and the visual comfort of the interior, the new 10.25 inch digital cluster and 10.25 inch centre touchscreen have been visually combined. The touchscreen also offers split-screen functionality for multitasking.

The all-new i20 offers a range of new safety functions. Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), alerts drivers through audio and visual warnings when they are driving too fast and exceed the speed limit.

When combined with the manual speed limiter, ISLA can even adapt the speed autonomously. Lane Following Assist (LFA) automatically adjusts steering to help keep the all-new i20 centred in its lane of travel.

Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist Warning (BCA) uses radar to monitor rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors. Where necessary, BCA acts on the engine brake to avoid a collision or reduce the impact damage. Meanwhile, the upgraded Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) function can now detect not only cars, but also pedestrians and cyclists.

At the top of the range, a 1.0 T-GDi is available with 100hp or 120hp. For the first time, a 48 volt mild hybrid powertrain can be applied on this engine, either as an option with the 100hp or as standard with the 120hp.

The 48 volt system contributes to a three-four per cent reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In terms of transmission, the 48 volt system is available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) or a newly developed six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT).

iMT decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator, allowing the car to enter into coasting mode and saving fuel.

When not mated to the 48 volt mild hybrid system, the 1.0 T-GDi 100hp is available with the 7DCT or a manual six-speed gearbox. A 1.2 litre MPi four-cylinder is also available as an entry engine. This offers 84hp and a five-speed manual transmission.

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