While everyone out there knows that Hyundai will be launching the next generation i20, the hatchback has been spotted undergoing testing by MotorBeam readers Nishith Parida, Roshan Ray and Harshit Garg. The i20 was originally launched in 2009 and it received a very minor update in 2011. After that, Hyundai gave the vehicle a facelift in 2012. Now, the i20 is all set to get a generation change and the new model has some really high hopes and expectations riding on it.
Hyundai has given a new design to the next generation i20. While the current i20 does feature the famous ‘fluidic’ design philosophy, the new model will come with major design changes and the new design will be far more sportier with a blend of premium feel. The face of the vehicle will carry a sleek grille somewhat similar to the Grand i10 in a bigger size. The hatchback will also get a couple of new shades and it will be available in the following colour options – white, black, blue, golden (beige), copper and bright red.
The length of the new i20 has been retained, to ensure it remains sub 4-metre. The alloy wheels will also get a sportier design as seen in the spy pictures. The height of the new i20 is slightly increased when compared to the outgoing version. Hyundai has also tuned all the engines that are available with the i20 for better fuel economy. The interiors have also been thoroughly redesigned and the new model will get a far more premium design. While actual production has not yet begun, Hyundai has manufactured few prototypes of the i20 that are currently undergoing testing.
The new Hyundai i20 carries ‘IB Series’ as its model name. The i20’s biggest rival is the Maruti Swift. Other hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Etios Liva and Fiat Grande Punto are also fighting it out in this segment. Hyundai is currently using the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Toyota Etios Liva as benchmarks for the next generation i20. Manufacturers usually compare things like driving dynamics, ergonomics, handling, fuel economy and comfort while using other vehicles as benchmarks. The new Hyundai i20 will be launched in August 2014 while production will begin in late July.