Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted i20 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Looking more refined, the model adopts a ‘fluidic sculpture’ design with modified bumpers, a revised grille and restyled headlights, to bring it up-to-date with the i10, new Accent and Elantra. There’s also a new bonnet and updated taillights.
Interior changes are limited, but include updated upholstery, revised switchgear and gloss black accents on the dashboard. The cabin also has additional sound deadening material, push-button ignition and a rear-view camera.
Engines available for Europe include: a 1.1-litre three-cylinder diesel with 55 kW / 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque; a 1.4-litre diesel with 66 kW / 220 Nm; a 1.2-litre petrol with 63 kW / 121 Nm; and a 1.4-litre petrol with 74 kW / 137 Nm. Depending on which engine is selected, it can be paired with a five- or six-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic.
Lastly, the model also benefits from a retuned suspension and a new rack and pinion steering system, which Hyundai says, delivers “quick and accurate responses.”
There is no estimated time of arrival for the new-look i20 here in South Africa, but Hyundai SA have just introduced the ‘i20 Remix’. The Hyundai i20 Remix is said to offer even more appeal amongst younger buyers, with its 15-inch allloy wheels, rear spoiler, park distance control, tinted rear and side windows, a six speaker sound system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, as well as a price that remains unchanged at R169 900.