Here comes another Hyundai model that is expressing their new ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. The Hyundai ix20 will join the Sonata , the Tucson , and the Concept RB in the models that express the flowing lines that will be the new look Hyundai wants to be associated with. Hyundai no longer wants to be seen as the brand with the boxy ‘minivan’ look and they are quickly changing the format to make this transition as fast as possible. The Hyundai ix20, a new B-segment MPV model, was the next target and only the second vehicle in Europe to adopt this design language. The newix20 will go on sale starting this November.
Hyundai says the new ix20 will offer their Five Year Triple Care warranty as well as "class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions", but they fail to mention what those figures are. They do, however, mention figures for the i10 city car which will also be joining the ix20 in their Paris Motor Show appearance. The i10 city car will include a new 1.0-liter engine with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The new version of the i10 will go on sale early in 2011.
More details will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!
Updated 28/20/2010: Hyundai today announced the UK prices for the 2011 ix20 that will be going on sale on November 18 in three trim levels: Classic, Active and Style. The Classic model is priced at at £12,695 for the 1.4-liter petrol, £14,095 for the diesel and £14,095 for the 1.6-liter petrol auto. The Active will cost £1,100 more than the Classic and Style version starts at £13,695 for the 1.4-liter petrol, £15,095 for the diesel and £15,095 for the 1.6-liter petrol auto.
Press release after the jump.
Hyundai will kick off an intensive period of product launches by unveiling two important new models at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
First of these exciting new models is Hyundai’s new B-segment MPV, named ix20. The ix20 is the second European model to adopt Hyundai’s new ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language which helps differentiate it from the boxy ‘minivan’ image typically associated with the segment.
On sale from mid November in the UK, ix20 is expected to attract young families with its excellent all-round package: class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions; the latest in active and passive safety technologies; and the company’s groundbreaking Five Year Triple Care warranty.
The ix20 will be joined at the show by the facelifted version of Hyundai’s best selling i10 city car. The new i10 features comprehensive visual and mechanical improvements, including a new 1.0-litre engine with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The new version of the i10 will go on sale early in 2011.
Hyundai’s Paris show press conference will take place at 16:15 (CET) on Thursday 30th September.
Press release - UK prices announced
Hyundai has announced prices for the new ix20. On sale from 18th November, it will be available with three drivetrain options and three generously equipped trim levels.
The three trim grades – Classic, Active and Style – are unique to the UK and have been carefully created to reflect the demands and high expectations of British buyers. The entry level Classic trim provides the key essentials buyers want – and crucially all of the safety equipment that the customer wants, but wouldn’t expect at this level.
The well-equipped interior features a height adjustable driver’s seat, ESP, air conditioning, six airbags, active head restraints, radio/CD audio system with six speakers, plus CD, MP3, RDS and USB-/AUX-/iPOD-input capabilities.
Prices start at £11,595 for the 1.4 petrol. Buyers wanting the exceptional economy of the diesel will pay an extra £1,400. The next, and most popular, trim level is the mid-range Active. In addition to the Classic specification it gains a carefully-selected package of goodies that are designed to appeal to a younger family buyer demanding extra style and convenience. Externally there are 16-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door handles and mirrors (which are electrically adjustable and heated) and reversing sensors.
Inside, convenience comes in the form of Bluetooth phone connectivity, electric rear windows and audio controls on the leather-trimmed steering wheel. The Active costs £1,100 more than the Classic, starting at £12,695 for the 1.4-litre petrol, £14,095 for the diesel and £14,095 for the 1.6-litre petrol auto.
The range-topping Style specification adds some luxuries that buyers in the real world want, with no ‘fillers’ to pad out the list. As a result, the price walk up from the Active is a very affordable £1,000.
The most striking of these extras is a dual-panel panoramic glass sunroof with UV filter, which spans the front and rear seats. The front panel offers a tilt and sliding function to let the fresh air – as well as light – into the cabin.
Sometimes though, you want to keep the light out, which is why the sunroof is equipped with blinds and the rear glass is super-darkened for extra privacy and protection from the sun.
To further improve the looks and visibility of the ix20 Style from the outside, front fog lights are standard and the door mirrors are fitted with integrated side repeater indicators. To keep these safe on narrower roads, they fold electrically.
The Style range starts at £13,695 for the 1.4-litre petrol, £15,095 for the diesel and £15,095 for the 1.6-litre petrol auto.
With such exceptional equipment levels there is little room for options – the only factory-fit extra is metallic paint at £395.