Based on the same underpinnings as the worthy new i20 five-door, the new i20 Coupe steers away from the supermini sector norm with a distinct body design – and it’s not just in the lack of rear doors.
At the front, there’s a new front bumper housing the hexagonal grille, some big new alloys (up to 17 inches in diameter) and, at the rear, a striking rear wheelarch crease that feeds into the bulging bumper.
If all that wasn’t enough, Hyundai’s also introduced a striking i20 Coupe-specific colour called Tangerine Orange (and you can have a matching orange interior if you wish, too).
Sadly, for all its sporty looks, the i20 Coupe doesn’t yet have the firepower to match its sporty-sounding branding. Four engines are offered; 84hp 1.2-litre or 100hp 1.4-lire petrol, plus 75hp 1.1-litre and 90hp 1.4-litre turbo diesels.
None is particularly fast and we touched upon engine weaknesses when we drove the new i20 five-door range recently. Luckily, Hyundai knows this: later in 2015, an all-new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo arrives.
That’s still not quite enough for us, though. Today, Hyundai also revealed the new i30 Turbo, complete with 186hp 1.6-litre turbo motor. Sounds to us like the perfect engine to drop into the i20 Coupe and challenge the same-power Ford Fiesta ST…