Offenbach, 4th March 2012
Hyundai has released the first image of the All New i20, ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new model will take the stage three years after the launch of the original i20, featuring refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and among the lowest CO2 emissions in the European B-segment.
Among the four powertrain options available to buyers of the All New i20 will be the new 1,1-litre, 3-cylinder 'U-II' diesel engine that generates 75 ps. When mated to technologies from Hyundai's Blue Drive sub-brand, the upgraded model emits just 84 g/km of CO2. The engine was developed at Hyundai's Diesel Centre of Excellence – part of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany – and showcases Hyundai expertise in clean diesel technology.
This ground-breaking new engine will be offered alongside another sub-100 g/km diesel. When combined with Blue Drive technologies, the upgraded 1,4-litre 'U-II' 90 ps engine emits 96 g/km.
The debut of the All New i20 sees the introduction of fluidic sculpture form language to Hyundai's supermini. The revised exterior design carries the hallmarks of Hyundai styling, including the company's signature hexagonal grille and new headlamp units. Updating their own design from the original i20, the stylists at Hyundai's European design studio have further modernised All New i20 with a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.
In terms of dimensions, the width (1710 mm), height (1490 mm) and wheelbase (2525 mm) of All New i20 remain the same, while the length has increased by just 55 mm (front 30 mm, rear 25 mm) over its predecessor to 3995 mm.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe commented, "The i20 has been very popular with European buyers since it came to market in 2009, thanks to its combination of efficiency, quality, practicality and value. With an enhanced powertrain line-up that includes some of the cleanest powertrains in its segment, and sharper styling influenced by fluidic sculpture, the All New i20 will appeal to a broader range of buyers, including younger consumers. The assurance of our industry-best, comprehensive Five Year Triple Care package makes the All New i20 an even more attractive proposition."
As with all newly-launched models in Europe, the All New i20 comes with Five Year Triple Care, comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years of roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.
Further information about Hyundai's world-premiere products, including the All New i20, will be announced at the company's press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, taking place in Hall 1 at 09:45 (CET) on Tuesday 6th March 2012.
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