Hyundai decided to release a new set of images and further details on its new i20 supermini. At the Paris Show Hyundai will show a five door model but according to Hyundai, a sportier three door i20 version will debut in January 2009 for the European markets. Based on an all new platfortm with a 2,525mm wheelbase, the i20 is lower, longer and wider than the Getz it replaces. Designed and developed in Europe, the i20’s exterior styling is clearly inspired from the existing i30.

Hyundai has yet to release pictures of the five seater interior but the Korean automaker said that the i20 will offer numerous ‘smart’ storage spaces along with a 40:60 split flat folding rear bench with a low lip for easy loading into the 295 litre luggage compartment.

The i20 will debut with a range of seven petrol and diesel engines. The petrol line up comprises of the 78PS 1.2 liter, 100PS 1.4 liter and 126PS 1.6 liter units all available with five-speed manual transmissions, with the option of four-speed automatic gearboxes on the 1.4 and 1.6 models. As for the turbo diesel powerplants, the i20 will be offered with a 1.4 liter unit available in two specifications, 75PS and 90PS, while the flagship 1.6 liter motor is available in 115PS and 128PS trim. Both 1.4 models come with five speed manual transmissions, while the flagship 1.6 is mated to a six gear manual drivetrain.

When the i20 goes on sale in Europe later this year, it will be offered in four trim levels – Classic, Comfort, Style and Premium. All trim levels feature six airbags, ABS, climate control, a four speaker radio, CD and MP3 audio system, a multi function steering wheel, tire pressure monitoring system, height adjustable driver seat, keyless entry and electrically operated windows and side mirrors as standard.

Source – Hyundai via Carscoop