Geneva 2012: Hyundai i20

Geneva 2012: Hyundai i20 image

Text: / Photos: Hyundai Press | posted March 09, 2012 13:00

Next generation i

Hyundai launched the all new i20 ahead at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new model features refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any conventional powertrain car on sale today in Europe.

Among the four powertrain options available to European buyers of the all new i20 will be the new 1.1-liter, 3-cylinder ‘U-II’ diesel engine that generates 75 PS. When mated to Hyundai’s Blue Drive technologies, this derivative emits just 84 g/km of CO2 - a figure lower than any other car with a conventional powertrain. The engine was developed at Hyundai’s Diesel Centre of Excellence – part of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany – and showcases Hyundai’s expertise in clean diesel technology.


This ground-breaking new engine will be offered alongside another sub-100 g/km diesel. When combined with Blue Drive technologies, the upgraded 1.4-litre ‘U-II’ 90 ps engine emits 96 g/km.

The debut of the all new i20 sees the introduction of fluidic sculpture form language to Hyundai’s supermini. The revised exterior design carries the hallmarks of Hyundai styling, including the company’s signature hexagonal grille and new headlamp units. Updating their own design from the original i20, the stylists at Hyundai’s European design studio have further modernized the all new i20 with a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.

By all indications, the i20 is still a model meant for the European market. Currently, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. has moved away from having a subcompact hatchback in the their lineup, focusing instead on the larger Accent and Elantra.