Hyundai has revealed the all-new i20, a model designed and developed in Europe, for Europeans, which it hopes will “confirm Hyundai’s position as a truly European automaker”.
It’s very much a Europhile, then.
The Russelsheim-designed car is also a much bigger car than the current model, which has enabled the firm to already boast class leadership in several areas: no rival has more combined front and rear legroom, and the 320-litre boot is bigger than any other supermini.
There’s also the supermini sector’s first-ever fully-opening panoramic sunroof.
It boasts more upmarket styling than the dumpy and dated current model. This follow’s Hyundai’s further-evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design theme, which emphasises elegance above sportiness. As such, there’s a strong shoulderline, clean and crease-free panels plus a rather neat new grille and full-length front bumper feature.
The C-pillars also get a black colour contrast which looks rather neat from the rear; wide tail lamps that extend into the bootlid make it look bigger and more substantial.
We suspect the Renault Clio design team may be flattered by those lower door panels, though – and we can also spy themes from other cars in the look as well. Can you?
There are no shots of the interior yet – expect that to come in a future release, along with more details of just why Hyundai believes the new i20 is so packed with refinement and convenience; for now, it’s said the car will have front and rear LED lights, bi-xenon projection lamps (themselves a rarity in the supermini sector) and integrated rear-view camera.
Hyundai also hasn’t yet revealed when the new i20 will go on sale, but the firm will debut it at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday 2 October. Motoring Research expects to first-drive it before the year is out.