Hyundai Motor has released first images of the New Generation i20, which is set to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. At the same time, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) also released thier version of the i20 called The Elite i20.
Featuring the latest Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, the new generation i20 has been both designed and developed in Europe. Designed at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim Germany, the new design language introduces more straight lines throughout the exterior of the car.
The nose features a thin horizontal grille with a bigger separate hexagonal grille just below it. The headlights now includes LED daytime running lights and LED position lamps as well. Towards the back, the i20 gets a blacked-out C pillar a-la Jaguar XJ with boomerang-shaped LED taillamps.
Sitting on a new platform, the new generation i20 measures 4,035 mm long with additional 45 mm to the 2,570 mm wheelbase compared to the old i20. The interior is claimed to incorporate Hyundai Motor’s core interior design principles of premium aesthetics, intuitiveness and simplicity with a driver-focussed dash.
The India-spec Elite i20 features a multifunction steering wheel, MP3 Audio system with 1 GB internal memory, Bluetooth connectivity, Start Stop button, rear aircon vents, automatic climate control, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. For Europe, the i20 is offered with an optional panoramic sunroof and a rear-view camera.
For safety, the India-spec Elite i20 is said to feature ABS and dual front airbags, but Europe-spec i20 should offer more safety kit. There are no mention of the engine choices offered for the Europe-spec i20, but the India-spec Elite i20 comes with either a 1.2-litre Dual VTVT Kappa petrol generating 82 hp or a 2nd Generation U2 1.4-litre CRDi diesel producing 89 hp powerplants.
European’s New Generation i20
India’s The Elite i20