BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Hyundai has released the first details of its compact hatchback i20 prior to its official unveil at the forthcoming Geneva Auto Salon. The incoming model features revolutionary and ambitious design that follows the company’s new Sensuous Sportiness design language. Hyundai claims that the car has been packaged with best-in-class connectivity features and the most comprehensive safety package in its class.
As well as a completely new exterior design and stance, when compared to its predecessor, the all-new i20’s proportions have been altered to enhance its dynamic appearance while at the same time ensuring it is practical for navigating around congested cities. The car has been lowered by 24mm, widened by 30mm and lengthened by 5mm. Wheelbase has also been increased by 10mm.
For Europe, powering top of the range will be a 1.0-litre turbo charges diesel with two outputs –100 PS and 120 PS. For the first time, a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain can be applied on this engine, either as an option with the 100 PS or as standard with the 120 PS. The 48-volt system contributes to a 3-4% reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. In terms of transmission, the 48-volt system is available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) or a newly developed six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). iMT decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator, allowing the car to enter into coasting mode and saving fuel.
When not mated to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 1.0 T-GDi 100 PS is available with the 7DCT or a manual 6-speed gearbox. A 1.2-litre MPi 4-cylinder is also available as an entry engine. This offers 84 PS and is mated to five-speed manual transmission.
The car has received a range of technological enhancements and includes two new 10.25in LCD screens, consisting of a digital cluster and a navigation touchscreen, which are visually combined in the dashboard. Meanwhile, its segment-leading Hyundai SmartSense safety package includes alongside several new features a new generation Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that now offers pedestrian and cyclist detection for even more assurance on the road.
Hyundai has been reportedly testing the new i20 in India for almost a year and market introduction is expected around Q2.