The new generation Hyundai i20 will go on sale in November 2014, with prices yet to be confirmed.
Hyundai have moved on a long way since the introduction of the i20’s predecessor the Getz in 2002. The European designed second generation i20 is gunning straight at the likes of the market leaders in the populated ‘B’ segment of cars with competitors such Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo in their targets. The new car will be built at Hyundai’s plant located at Izmit in Turkey.
The new Hyundai i20 has a bigger footprint than the current model at 4035 mm long x 1734 mm wide x 1474 mm high - which makes it some 40 mm longer and 24 mm wider. The result is more interior space and Hyundai claim that it can comfortably accommodate five adults with ease. It will swallow up 10 per cent more luggage with the boot space being increased to 326 litres with the seats in place - with the seats down this increases to 1042 litres.
There is a choice of either two petrol or two diesel engines, all of which Euro 6 compliant.
The petrol options, are a 1.25-litre unit with either 75PS or 84PS output and a 1.4-litre which develops 100PS. The 1.4-litre is available with the choice of either a six-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, where the 1.25-litre units have a five-speed gearbox.
On the diesel front you can choose between a 1.1-litre 75PS or a 1.4-litre 90PS unit - both with a six-speed manual gearbox. Do not expect the 1.1-litre to be nippy as Hyundai are quoting a 0-62 mph time of around 16 seconds.
Hyundai haven’t confirmed fuel consumption or CO2 emission for any of the engines.
There will be four trim levels, ‘Access’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Panorama’ and ‘LED’ - full details have yet to be confirmed.
Although we do know, that there will be option of a dashboard-integrated 7-inch satellite navigation system, automatic folding door mirrors, front and rear parking assist, and smartphone docking integration. And that 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
Hyundai are introducing a lot of new technology into the new i20 including some segment firsts including hill start assist control, lane departure warning, front and rear parking assist, heated steering wheel, static bending headlamps and automatic defog system.
All models will receive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and six airbags - front, side and curtain.
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