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2015 Hyundai i20

2015 Hyundai i20
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  • Hyundai i20
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    73 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    89 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    1.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    13.6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    99 mph
  • Price:
    10995
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The Hyundai i20 was released in 2007 as a replacement for the Hyundai Getz and to fill the gap between the i10 and i30. For 2015, Hyundai ushered in a new generation of the i20, featuring a number of enhancements over the previous model. Highlights include a larger trapezoidal grille that sits higher than before, leaving room for a small lip at the bottom of the fascia and new headlights that are connected via a small air inlet at the end of the hood. The side profile of the i20 carries on relatively unchanged, but the rear end got new taillights that wrap around the rear quarters and extend onto the rear hatch. The rear fascia also got a sportier look to round out the exterior. Overall, the i20 has a wheelbase that is 1.5-inches longer than the outgoing model, which means there is improved legroom in the front and rear. On top of that, the dashboard got a completely new layout. The i20 came available with a number of gasoline and diesel engines that range anywhere between 73 horsepower and 98 horsepower.

Of course, cars in the supermini class don’t get a lot of love here in the U.S. – in fact outside of models like the Smart Fortwo; there is almost no competition here. With that said, it should come as no surprise that the i20 isn’t making it across the drink to the U.S. There is, however, plenty of competition in the European market with models like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta climbing the ranks as the rest of the world continues to indulge in the subcompact or supermini market. To see how well the new Hyundai i20 competes, check out our full review below.

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Hyundai i20 Updated with Bold Design and New Tech, Including Dual-Clutch Gearbox

Hyundai i20 Updated with Bold Design and New Tech, Including Dual-Clutch Gearbox

Only two gasoline engines remain

Redesigned in 2014 for a more modern, sportier look, the Hyundai i20 has just received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. The upgrade is mild on the outside, but more comprehensive inside the cabin and under the skin, where new technology was added.

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Hyundai i20 WRC

Hyundai i20 WRC

The most powerful and aggressive rally car Hyundai has ever built

Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Getz, the Hyundai i20 was redesigned for 2014, when it received a brand-new exterior design with more angular features and a new, turbocharged three-cylinder in addition to revised version of the previous engines. Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation i20 also spawned a race car, marking the company’s return to the World Rally Championship.

Updated for each new competition season since its introduction in 2014, the i20 WRC has been once again re-engineered ahead of the upcoming 2017 World Rally Championship. Although not yet ready to hit the difficult gravel and tarmac courses of the WRC season, Hyundai brought a pre-production version of the new race car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Much like its predecessors, the i20 WRC is a heavily modified version of the road car, featuring an aggressive aero kit, an FIA-approved interior, and a race-spec engine and transmission. According to Hyundai, prototypes have been tested since April across numerous locations in Europe and in a variety of different conditions. Testing is set to continue toward the end of the year in order to get the car ready ahead of its debut at Rallye Monte Carlo in January 2017.

"The 2017 WRC regulations have allowed all teams to start from a blank page, which has offered us an exciting engineering challenge. The changes will raise the level of entertainment in WRC on stages around the world with wider and more powerful cars. We have been putting our experience from two full seasons of WRC into practice, as we aim to build on our successful 2016 campaign," said Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan.

The final version of the 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC will be revealed by the end of 2016.

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Hyundai Showcases Latest i20 WRC at Paris Motor Show

Hyundai Showcases Latest i20 WRC at Paris Motor Show

New race car to debut in 2017

It’s been four years since Hyundai launched the first i20 WRC at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and the Korean automaker returned to the same event to showcase the fourth iteration of the rally-spec race car. Developed by the company’s Motorsport division located near the Nurburgring track, the new i20 WRC follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, but makes use of revised aerodynamics and the WRC’s updated regulations.

Set to make its debut in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, the new i20 WRC is not ready to hit the gravel just yet, but the prototype shown in Paris is almost ready for production and gives a good glimpse at the upcoming race car. Several new features are noticeable at first glance, starting with the redesigned grille, the larger front splitter, the new headlamps with red accents, and the significantly wider front wheel arches. Onto the sides, the massive side skirts form a single piece with the rear wheel arches, while the rear end is highlighted by a large roof wing and a big diffuser under the bumper. The roof scoop, the lightweight wheels, and the aerodynamically enhanced side mirrors round of the exterior.

Needless to say, the 2017 i20 WRC is the most menacing rally car Hyundai has built since its Motorsport program set shop at the Nurburgring.

Under the lightweight shell lurks a revised version of the turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine found in the previous model. Thanks to the new regulations, Hyundai was able to increase output from 300 to a whopping 380 horsepower. The race car also generates more downforce and uses an active central differential, which, according to the company, enables the i20 WRC to compete with longer and wider vehicles.

The final version of the 2017 i20 WRC will be unveiled in December, about a month before the new car makes its official debut at the Rallye Monte Carlo on January 20.

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2017 Hyundai I20 Turbo Edition

2017 Hyundai I20 Turbo Edition

Turbocharged, limited-edition model for the British market

The second-generation Hyundai i20 was launched in 2014 with significant updates over its predecessors. New features include a redesigned exterior, a more modern interior with new tech, a longer wheelbase for improved legroom, and revised gasoline and diesel engines. Praised for its revised equipment lines that include more standard features, higher quality interior, and attractive design, the new i20 was somewhat criticized for its uninspiring drivetrains and more expensive sticker.

Come 2016 and Hyundai updated the i20 with a brand-new engine in the form of a turbocharged, 1.0-liter, three-cylinder unit. Although not the first three-pot available with the i20, it’s the first turboed gasoline unit to find its way into the supermini. In order to celebrate the new introduction, Hyundai launched a special-edition model in the United Kingdom. Dubbed Turbo Edition, it comes with a significant discount over the trim level it is based on and with a new advertising campaign for the i20.

Much like most special-edition Hyundais, the Turbo Edition is far from fancy, but a good way to promote a new drivetrain. There’s no word as to how long it will be on sale, but the offer shouldn’t last more than a few months. If you live in the U.K. and you’re in the market for a supermini, you might want to have a closer look at it.

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2016 Hyundai i20 WRC

2016 Hyundai i20 WRC

Korean automaker Hyundai has evolved dramatically over the past few years, to the extent that it also announced plans to launch a series of high-performance models under its new N division. Although road-going vehicles wearing the N badge have yet to arrive, Hyundai did launch the division with the 2014 hyundai i20 WRC, which marked the brand’s return to rallying after an 11-year hiatus. Having already completed two full WRC seasons in 2014 and 2015, the i20 WRC has been updated for 2016 and showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Launched alongside the 2015 Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept car, the new i20 WRC has been developed at the company’s facility at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. With the 2016 WRC season set to debut with the Monte Carlo event in January, the Korean brand unveiled the race-ready model at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau.

Hyundai Motorsport will field three cars in every round of the 2016 championship, with Dani Sordo, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville behind the steering wheel. The team will begin its third WRC season with two new i20 WRC cars and one previous model at Rallye Monte Carlo before increasing to three 2016 cars from Rally Sweden.

Hyundai also announced it is already working on a new rally car for the 2017 season. Dubbed R5, it is also based on the second-generation i20 and will be developed with help from Dutch driver Kevin Abbring throughout 2016. Development of the R5 will commence in the first half of the year with homologation to be completed in mid-2016. Privateers will be able to place orders for the new race car in the second half of the year.

Updated 12/10/2015: Hyundai confirmed that it will enter three cars in every round of the 2016 championship. The company also confirmed it is already working on a new rally car for the 2017 season and that it should be completed in mid-2016.

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2016 Hyundai i20 Active

2016 Hyundai i20 Active

Crossover-inspired hatchback

Having launched a redesigned 2015 Hyundai i20 in 2014, Hyundai needed less than a year to expand the nameplate’s lineup to no fewer than four models. After the 2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe, unveiled in late 2014, it introduced the i20 Active in India in March 2015 and the race-spec 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Korean firm also used the show to present the i20 Active to European enthusiasts as an alternative to the Volkswagen CrossPolo.

Basically a raised, more rugged-looking version of the subcompact hatchback, the i20 Active is aimed at customers with active lifestyles and drivers who need a small car that’s also useful on poor-quality roads outside the city. It’s also part of the Hyundai aggressive campaign to expand into as many niches as possible. “With the introduction of New i20 Active we further diversify our offering in the B-segment with an attractive crossover model,” said Thomas A. Schmid, COO at Hyundai Motor Europe. “In 2015 our entire crossover and SUV line-up has been renewed, as part of our youngest ever model range in Europe. And with the introduction of our 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, we further enhance our customer proposition in the European B-Segment.” As you might have already guessed, the i20 Active won’t be offered in North America. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing.

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2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe

2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe

When Hyundai first showcased the heavily redesigned 2015 Hyundai i20 in August 2014, little did we know the hatchback was slated to receive to additional versions (not counting the 2016 Hyundai i20 WRC rally car). In only 12 months, Hyundai expanded the i20 lineup to include two new body styles — a perched, crossover-like model and a three-door. But while a three-door version is far from surprising given the first-gen car had one two, the new model is actually more of a coupe than a traditional three-door hatch. It’s probably why Hyundai launched it as a separate model and named it the i20 Coupe.

Although the i20 doesn’t benefit from the notoriety of its main European rivals, the Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta, it’s quite astonishing that it has evolved into a full lineup of cars in only seven years on the market. Not to mention that it’s also the base of a race car with increasingly better results in the World Rally Championship.

The fact that the i20 Coupe was developed as a smaller proposition to the 2016 Hyundai Veloster rather than a three-door hatch is also surprising, but it seems Hyundai isn’t kidding when it comes to tackling more and more car niches. But is the i20 Coupe good enough to give the three-door Volkswagen Polo a run for its money? Come find out in my review below.

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2015 Hyundai i20

2015 Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 was released in 2007 as a replacement for the Hyundai Getz and to fill the gap between the i10 and i30. For 2015, Hyundai ushered in a new generation of the i20, featuring a number of enhancements over the previous model. Highlights include a larger trapezoidal grille that sits higher than before, leaving room for a small lip at the bottom of the fascia and new headlights that are connected via a small air inlet at the end of the hood. The side profile of the i20 carries on relatively unchanged, but the rear end got new taillights that wrap around the rear quarters and extend onto the rear hatch. The rear fascia also got a sportier look to round out the exterior. Overall, the i20 has a wheelbase that is 1.5-inches longer than the outgoing model, which means there is improved legroom in the front and rear. On top of that, the dashboard got a completely new layout. The i20 came available with a number of gasoline and diesel engines that range anywhere between 73 horsepower and 98 horsepower.

Of course, cars in the supermini class don’t get a lot of love here in the U.S. – in fact outside of models like the Smart Fortwo; there is almost no competition here. With that said, it should come as no surprise that the i20 isn’t making it across the drink to the U.S. There is, however, plenty of competition in the European market with models like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta climbing the ranks as the rest of the world continues to indulge in the subcompact or supermini market. To see how well the new Hyundai i20 competes, check out our full review below.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2015 Hyundai i20.

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2014 Hyundai i20 WRC by Hyundai Shell World Rally Team

2014 Hyundai i20 WRC by Hyundai Shell World Rally Team

It may have taken longer than a lot of people would have liked, but that’s the price you pay if you’re a company that’s looking to break ground in a racing series it hasn’t entered since 2003..

After a year of testing and development, Hyundai has finally pulled the covers off of the i20 World Rally Championship racecar. And if we do say so ourselves, it looks positively glorious.

The unveiling happened at a recent event in Frankfurt when the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team officially announced that it had finally wrapped up the project in time for next season’s WRC season. Lead driver, Thierry Neuville, was given the honor of presenting the car with teammate Juho Hänninen serving as the driver of the second vehicle.

Earlier this year, Hyundai presented an updated version of the racecar at the Geneva Motor Show yet it was clear that the show car at the event was still a long ways away from being completed. This one, though, is the final product, and it comes complete with all the cursory aerodynamic modifications set to rally specifications, not to mention a cavalcade of graphics and liveries that show all of the team’s partners for next year’s WRC season.

Updates to the chassis and suspension were of importance for the team, seeing as it will be tackling a racing series that will feature its share of bumpy roads. There’s also a new rear wing, a front spoiler, and an interior that’s been redesigned specifically for rally purposes.

Based on our estimates, the 2014 Hyundai i20 WRC racecar is likely to receive a 1.6-liter, in-line-four engine that produces close to 300 horsepower, which should be good enough to hit 60 mph in five to six seconds to go with a top speed of about 160 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the previous incarnation of the Hyundai i20 WRC, the one that we saw at Geneva last March

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Hyundai Launches N Performance Sub-Brand

Hyundai Motor Co. has launched a new sub-brand called "N." The new brand will consist of high-performance road cars, as well as the ambitious rally car project. As we know, Hyundai will be a part of the 2014 World Rally Championship and its resident rally car, the i20 WRC, will be the first product built under this new N brand.

By now, you must be wondering why the letter "N;" well, Hyundai is based in Namyang, Korea, and that is where the "N" comes from — easy enough. In an odd twist, the Hyundai N performance division isn’t actually based in Korea; it is actually stationed in Alzenau, Germany, which just outside Frankfurt.

This German plant is home to the 2014 rally car, and it is where the company has plans to build its road cars under the new N sub-brand. Having said that, we can’t say for sure whether these N performance rigs will be bespoke sports car or just tuned versions of existing Hyundai models.

Speaking at the press briefing, Hyundai motorsport president, Gyoo-Heon Choi, said: "This is the start of a new chapter in Hyundai’s history, one that we expect to have a positive impact on our brand around the globe."

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2014 Hyundai i20 WRC

2014 Hyundai i20 WRC

Hyundai has unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated version of its i20 WRC racecar set to be used in the FIA World Rally Championship in the 2014 racing season. The new racecar is the result of a cooperation between Hyundai’s R&D facility in Namyang, Korea and the newly formed Hyundai Motorsport GmbH in Alzenau, Germany.

Unlike the model unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the new i20 WRC features numerous updates to the aerodynamics, thanks to the addition of a new rear wing and front spoiler. Also updated were the chassis and suspension to improve cooling, enhance suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness. The model also received a redesigned livery that combines Hyundai’s corporate blue with innovative characters from the native Korean script, Hunminjeongeum.

The model will soon begin a more intensive test program at various locations in Europe and depending on the results, the car will be updated to be ready for the 2014 racing season.

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2013 Hyundai i20 World Rally Championship Rally Car

2013 Hyundai i20 World Rally Championship Rally Car

If you haven’t been following the world of rally racing for the past decade, you’re probably surprised that there seems to be a disproportionate level of buzz surrounding Hyundai’s return to the World Rally Championship?

Wait, did they ever leave? That’s one of the questions we’ve received from some folks and the answer, of course, is yes. Back in 2003, in fact.

That’s why when Hyundai opens their exhibit at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with the i20 World Rally Championship Rally Car, nobody should be surprised because it’s a really big deal.

As far as details are concerned, the Korean automaker is keeping that close to their chest, particularly because there could be more than just WRC-prepped model in attendance at Paris. What we’ve been informed, though, is that the car is expected to carry a turbocharged engine that hits all the right notes at 200 horsepower.

Keep it close here because Hyundai’s apparent interest in returning to the World Rally Championship could all be confirmed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. After all, they wouldn’t go through all the trouble of building this rally prototype of the i20 if they weren’t that serious.

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Rumors: Hyundai To Reenter the WRC With Modified i20

Rumors: Hyundai To Reenter the WRC With Modified i20

About 10 years ago, Hyundai Accent owners ever walked with their chests puffed out a little bit, as their daily driver econo-hatch was actually being raced in the World Rally Championship. Despite the impressiveness that Hyundai actually got this car into the WRC, it was a widely unsuccessful attempt because it never got a podium appearance and Hyundai cut funding in 2003.

It looks like Hyundai is ready to jump back into the WRC circuit, only this time with a more highly modified vehicle. It will also not be an Accent, but rather a heavily modified i20. However, don’t expect this Hyundai rally ride to look as much as the i20 in your garage as the Accent rally car did, as this model will sit on a chassis that is significantly wider and lower than the factory model.

In addition to the modified chassis, this i20 will ditch the 1.2- and 1.4-liter gasoline engines that it comes standard with and instead have the turbocharged 1.6-liter from the Veloster. There is no way that Hyundai would enter the WRC with a stock 201-horsepower 1.6-liter engine, so we assume that Hyundai will pump this engine to over 300 ponies to keep it competitive.

We definitely expect a much better performance by Hyundai this time around because the company has really come into its own when it comes to technology. Hyundai has also become one of those brands that folks can rally around, as it has really come from often being the butt of automotive jokes to a well-respected company that actually gives the big boys – Honda, Toyota and Nissan – a run for their money. So, don’t be surprised if to see the fancily written “H” on the podium at some point in the 2013 WRC series WRC.

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2013 Hyundai i20

2013 Hyundai i20

Hyundai’s i20 ] will be going through some drastic design changes this year, as proven by these recent spy images of the facelift model. The company hopes to completely change the look of its supermini for the 2013 model year and will be unveiling the result of the changes at the end of 2012.

The design of facelift Hyundai i20 will get influenced by the recently launched i40, with a new hexagonal grille, two jewel-like headlamps, and characterful lines that connect the front and rear of the vehicle. The rear lights and rear bumper will undoubtedly be updated as well, considering they are covered in heavy camouflage on this test model. Inside, the i20 will also be refreshed with changes coming to the dash and the front and rear seats.

Hyundai seems to be only focusing on the aesthetics of the vehicle, because up until now, the i20 looks to be powered by the same ranges of engines as the current model. Expect to see the usual 1.2- and 1.4-liter petrol engines, as well as two diesel engines with either 75HP or 90 HP.

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2010 Hyundai i10 and i20 Fiorucci Edition

2010 Hyundai i10 and i20 Fiorucci Edition

Collaborations between auto manufacturers and designer brands are nothing new. It seems that every time a partnership is announced, you can bet that another one will make the headlines sooner rather than later.

Hyundai is jumping into the picture after announcing a special edition series of models for the i10 and the i20. The two special edition models were each given their own makeover, complete with individualized color combinations and exclusive features that aren’t present in other models.

Fiorucci first worked on the i10 city car, giving it a host of color combinations to choose from. These colors include Stone Black, Deep Blue Ocean, Oyster Gray, Sleek Silver, and Crystal White. The colors are also present on the car’s interior upholstery and are likewise complimented on the outside by a colorful grille and side mirror caps that come in a choice of two colors: verde lime or fuscia.

Apart from the special colors, the i10 Fiorucci edition also comes with its fair share of other features including a Park Assist system, a retractable soft-top, and a 1.1-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 66 horsepower.

In addition to the i10, Fioruccio also took a stab at making over the i20 supermini. Similar to the i10, the i20 is given five different color options, including Black Diamond, Dark Gray, Sleek Silver, Blue Spark, and Crystal White.

As for the i20’s interior, Fioruccio gave it a black and orange two-tone theme, a pair of glass sunroofs, a Park Assist system, and a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 78 horsepower.

Pricing for the two special edition vehicles goes at €10,990 ($15,300) for the i10 and €14,990 ($21,000) for the i20.

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2010 Hyundai i20 Sport Edition by Brabus

2010 Hyundai i20 Sport Edition by Brabus

Brabus is famous for tuning German models, and it usually goes for sportiness and luxury. But this time the German tuner went in a totally new and unexpected direction. The German tuner, in close cooperation to Hyundai developed the special edition i20 Sport.

The exterior package includes: body-colored front skirt and wheelarch flares to the exterior, while a glossy radiator grille mesh insert, black bezel headlights and daytime running lights are also introduced. The car’s sporty appearance is completed with the inclusion of a glossy B-pillar, smoked windows, dark red tinted rear lights and 17-inch Brabus alloy wheels with Yokohama tires.

On the interior the tuner added Orange leather Recaro seats, a black leather gearshift cover with orange-colored seams, a chrome gear shift knob, a leather-wrapped center console, leather-covered door panels, and a 7-inch touch screen navigation all bring added verve to the driving experience.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Hyundai ix20

2011 Hyundai ix20

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.

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2011 Hyundai i20

2011 Hyundai i20

Hyundai has unveiled today the first details on the 2011 i20. This new model receives minor changes to the aerodynamics and engine compared to the previous. In UK the new i20 is on sale for £9,520.

On the exterior the 2011 Hyundai i20 receives a small spoiler underneath of the car to improve airflow around the wheels. On the interior the dashboard and instrument illumination is now blue rather than red and Bluetooth phone connectivity with voice recognition has been added as standard.

The engine line-up for the i20 will include the entry level 1.2-liter petrol engine, a 1.4-liter engine, and two diesel engines with either 75HP or 90 HP. All engines come with significant fuel consumption improvement and are mated to a six-speed gearbox. This was possible due to a Eco Drive indicator in the instrument panel that suggests the best point to change gear, using low friction engine oil and an alternator management system.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Hyundai i20 3-door

2009 Hyundai i20 3-door

Hyundai will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the 3-door version of the i20 hatchback (not currently sold in the U.S.) The i20 is placed between the successful i10 and i30 models and is built on the same platform as the 5-door model.

The best sold model will be the one powered by a .2-litre petrol engine – dubbed ’Kappa’. The new, all-alloy unit combines miserly fuel consumption with low CO2 emissions to produce a compelling package with exceptionally low running costs.

Kappa is the latest example of the company’s expertise in developing lightweight, low-NVH, super-efficient engines. With a displacement of just 1,248cc, Kappa unit develops an impressive 78PS and a class-leading torque figure of 119Nm endowing the i20 with responsive acceleration and excellent driveability.

Press release after the jump.

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Hyundai preparing i20 GTI

Hyundai preparing i20 GTI

According to Autocar, Hyundai is preparing a hot diesel version (is that an oxymoron?) of the new Hyundai i20 hatchback sold in Europe. This new version will be powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter diesel engine that can deliver around 200bhp. The "GTI" i20 should make the 0-60mph sprint in less than 8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 130 mph.

Hyundai is trying to attract younger buyers with for good performance while keeping sub-120g/km CO2 emissions. It would be a direct and potentially cheaper rival for another Euro-only car, the Skoda Fabia RS.

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Hyundai i20 and i-blue concept coming to Paris Auto Show

Hyundai i20 and i-blue concept coming to Paris Auto Show

Hyundai will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the i20 that is set to go on sale at the beginning of 2009. Next to it the company will also display the i20 i-blue concept, the ix55 SUV and a hybrid concept version of the Santa Fe.

Based on the all-new i20, Hyundai’s latest i-blue car concept incorporates a number of modifications to reduce emissions. The i20 i-blue concept is fitted with Hyundai’s all new 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 90 hp.

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