2020 is starting to look like a big year for small hatchbacks. Toyota has an all-new Yaris, while Honda rolled out their next-generation Jazz not so long ago. Now, Hyundai wades into the subcompact hatchback fray with their redesigned i20.
Set to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the 2021 i20 follows the new design language of Hyundai, along with totally new underpinnings and a wider range of available engines.
Starting with the looks, there's little resemblance left from the previous-generation. Gone is the rounded theme of the older model and in goes the sharper, more aggressive lines. The grill dominates the front end, further emphasized by the two slim headlights that flank it. Defined corners and edges then wrap around the bumper. More of these lines can be seen on the hood as well.
It's the same story on the side. Creases, folds and lines are present on its flanks, with the one nearest the window sill being of interest. Instead of just putting a crease there, Hyundai added two more intersecting lines that make it appear triangular. Hyundai went as far as giving the fuel door more flair by integrating it to the lines for the uniquely styled taillights. The automaker adds that the i20 is bigger than before and that there's more room inside as a result.
While we're on the subject of the interior, Hyundai has not revealed it just yet. However, they did sketch it out to give us an idea as to what the real deal might look like. The dash is expansive with only the 'floating' infotainment screen standing tall. A fully digital instrument is also seen, although it is likely that standard variants will get a more conventional arrangement.
Engine choices on the 2021 i20 include a 1.2-liter four-cylinder, a turbocharged 1.0 inline-three, and a mild-hybrid version of the aforementioned three-pot turbo. Diesels are likely to follow in the future. Transmission options, on the other hand, are either a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, or seven-speed dual clutch.
What are the chances of the i20 coming to the Philippines? It seems slim as Hyundai Philippines brought in the i20 in the past as the i20 Cross Sport, albeit to limited success. Of course, that doesn't mean it's not a possibility at all, and perhaps they might give the i20 name a chance here again.