Hyundai’s next generation i20 is set to compete with the likes of the updated Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Swift, upcoming Fiat Punto Evo and the likes in the segment and has been confirmed for a launch on 11th August 2014 in India. Taking more mature styling cues on the exteriors, the second generation i20 gets bolder front fascia, while the fluidic sculpture design is far more restrained and evolved. At the rear too, there is the inclusion of LED tail lights and a quirky design that compliments the overall styling of the premium hatchback.
Inside the 2015 Hyundai i20, expect to see a slightly longer wheelbase than the outgoing version that will improve the overall cabin space. A redesigned dashboard with steering wheel has been included, while the upholstery will sport new fabrics and colours. Expect to see a significant improvement in the overall fit and finish inside the cabin and the inclusion of a long list of features and equipment. Hyundai has been developing the 2015 i20 at its new testing centre in Nuburgring and the driving dynamics are expected to be a huge step up than the current model.
In terms of powertrain, the next generation Hyundai i20 is most likely to continue with the existing line-up of engines. The hatchback will come with the same 1.2-litre petrol Kappa motor producing 84 PS and the 1.4-litre diesel motor producing 90 PS, paired to a 5-speed transmission. There is also a 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 100 PS, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The engines are most likely to be revised for improved fuel efficiency and more refinement this time round. An upward price revision is also expected.
Rumours also suggest that Hyundai is working on a performance version of the next gen i20 under the new ‘N’ performance brand. While there have been no confirmations, we do expect the South Korean car maker to make an announcement at the 2015 i20’s international launch that is expected at the Paris Motor Show in October this year. Keep watching this space for more details on Hyundai India’s plans for the next generation i20.