Hyundai has revealed its new third-generation i20, which is much bolder than before and features electrification for the first time.
The South Korean manufacturer says this new i20 will set the standard in its class for connectivity and safety, while it’s also one of the first superminis to utilise 48-volt mild-hybrid. This is available on the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine, which is offered with 99bhp or 118bhp. It helps to reduce fuel consumption and drop CO2 emissions.
The new model is also a radical departure from the previous model’s styling – adopting Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language, and it’s the first model in Europe to do so. It features new front and rear ends, as well as distinctive lights and a redesigned grille.
In terms of dimensions, this new model is lower than its predecessor though marginally wider and longer to allow for improved interior space, with the boot volume increasing to an impressive 351 litres.
It also boasts a completely changed interior, with buyers able to choose a large 10.25-inch touchscreen and 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, with a redesigned layout feature alongside improved quality.
Connectivity has been enhanced thanks to Hyundai’s ‘Bluelink’ services, with highlights including live traffic information, a cloud-based voice recognition service and an app that allows for remote service – such as checking the vehicle’s security and location.
The i20 is also brimmed with technology – many of which you’d expect from far more expensive models, with highlights including rear cross traffic alert (which warns of any dangers when reversing out of spaces) as well as a parking collision avoidance system that automatically brakes if it senses a risk of collision. Self-parking is also available along with lane-centring tech.
The model will be publicly unveiled at next month’s 2020 Geneva Motor Show, with the new i20 likely to arrive in showrooms in the middle of the year.