It was way back in August when Hyundai first showed a teaser of the all-new i10. Looking more like a racing concept than an actual city car, the automaker showed off its more aggressive design as well as its rally-inspired aesthetics. From soft curves to sharp lines, it looks like Hyundai's designers had plenty of fun designing the all-new i10.
After nearly a month since Hyundai released the teaser image, the covers have officially come off. Say hello to the 2020 Hyundai i10. Set to take on the other A-segment stalwarts like the Brio, Celerio, Picanto, Wigo, and the Mirage; the i10 has grown in size and now features a more mature-looking design inside and out.
As mentioned earlier, the i10 gets a new look that is sportier yet more mature. Billed by Hyundai to be more young and dynamic, the new hatchback features tapered headlights, a two-slot style front grill complete with a honeycomb design, LED daytime running lights, and faux side air intakes.
Muscular curves, on the other hand, can be seen on the side of the i10 which highlight the hatchback's enhanced proportions. As for the rear, it gets a simple and straightforward look thanks to fresh set of taillights, and shapely tailgate. Turbine-style 16-inch alloy wheels, optional two-tone paint, as well as a choice of 22 color combinations give customers plenty of options to personalize their all-new i10.
Inside, the i10 has an ergonomic and sporty cabin. Splashes of white and gray cover the cabin which give the hatchback a vibrant appearance. There's also a unique honeycomb 3D design on the dashboard and center console which enhances the cabin's youthful aesthetic. Depending on the variant, the i10 is available either with five seats or four seats. Trunk space, on the other hand, is rated at 252 liters which Hyundai claims is one of the best in the segment.
A plethora of in-car amenties are available in the new i10. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation comes as standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also wireless smartphone charging, Bluelink telematics, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.
Powering the i10 is either a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, or a 1.2-liter four-cylinder motor. The former puts out a humble 67 PS with 96 Nm of torque while the latter delivers 84 PS and 118 Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox comes as standard although an optional five-speed automated manual transmission (AMT) can be specified. The switch to AMT from a traditional slushbox, according to Hyundai, was done in order to increase efficiency thanks to its lighter weight and reduced friction.
To further increase fuel efficiency, both the 1.0L and 1.2L engine variants come with 'Idle Stop & Go' (ISG). From its namesake, ISG automatically switches off the engine when the car comes to a halt. For added safety, the i10 can also come with Hyundai SmartSense. This gives the hatchback active safety driver aids like forward collision assist, high beam assist, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, as well as intelligent speed limit warning.
The 2020 Hyundai i10 will be making its public debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show and is set to go on sale in Europe first starting next year.