Hyundai released first official photos of the all new 3rd generation i20 hatchback in February ahead of 2020 Geneva Motor Show where it was scheduled to make its debut, however the event was cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.
Since the event got cancelled, Hyundai decided to unveil their newest hatchback in a walkaround video which you can find on Hyundai’s official European Youtube channel. With the latest redesign making use of Hyundai’s latest “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, which is already embodied on the latest Sonata & Elantra sedans, the new i20 hatchback looks even sportier than before.
There is a massive mesh grille upfront, integrated with the sweptback headlights & arrow-shaped LED DRLs. The low-set nose and the steeply-rising beltline gives the new i20 a wedge-like side profile, accented by the sweeping chrome window trim and blacked-out D-pillars to render a “floating roof” look.
Towards the back there are “Z-shaped” tail lights signature s joined together by a lit chrome strip to emphasize the car’s width. A diffuser-like rear bumper insert and an intricate 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels conclude the look.
Apart from the design, the 3rd gen i20 will also get Hyundai’s SmartSense safety package which includes upgraded Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) feature, which detects pedestrians and cyclists also in addition to vehicles, Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LDVA) feature which alerts the driver when the stopped vehicle in the front starts to move, Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist (BCA), Rear Cross-traffic Collision Assist (RCCA), Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist – Reverse (PCA-R), Parking Assist (PA) and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA).
The interior is again reminiscent to new breed of Hyundai cars and is also the most feature-packed when compared to its previous generation models. There is a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which has been seamlessly merged with the 10.25-inch instrument cluster screen. The sleek panel is mounted on the top of the dashboard so that it can be viewed more easily.
Multi-function steering wheel, automatic climate control, engine start/ stop features, wirelss charging and ambient mood lighting, Bose sound system with 8 speakers are some of the interior highlights of the all new 3rd gen Hyundai i20.
Under the hood, the i20 will get a 1.0 liter turbocharged and direct-injected three-cylinder petrol engines with 100 hp, and as a 48-volt mild hybrid with up to 120 hp. Transmission options are a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 6-speed manual gearbox. There is also an 83 hp 1.2 liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The all new Hyundai i20 hatchback will go on sale starting from European markets towards the second half of this year.
Hyundai-Nishat in Pakistan is yet to introduce any mass market option in their lineup such as the i20. Instead of launching over-expensive options, do you think the company should focus on introducing vehicles that are more within the reach of masses? Let us know with your comments. For more information about the all new Hyundai i20 hatchback, stay tuned to CarSpiritPK.
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