Hyundai unveils New Generation i20 ahead of Paris Motor Show debut

Hyundai has unveiled first images of the New Generation i20, ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

With the launch of its latest model, Hyundai is continuing its successful presence in Europe's B-segment, highlighted by almost one million sales since 2002. The popularity of the original i20 has made it one of the company's best-selling cars in the region. The key aims of the new model are to open Hyundai to an even wider audience; further develop perceptions of the brand; and confirm Hyundai's position as a truly European automaker.

The New Generation i20 has been designed and developed in Europe, and three key attributes in particular underline how it aims to meet the needs of consumers: class-leading interior space, a host of high-technology and comfort-enhancing features, and distinctive, refined design.

Based on a new platform, the New Generation i20 features a 2570mm wheelbase - 45mm longer than its predecessor - providing European customers with one of the most spacious cabins in the segment.

Efficient packaging has created a passenger compartment that can comfortably seat five adults. Combined front and rear legroom is best in class at 1892mm. Boot capacity is also segment-leading with 326 litres worth of space when the rear seats are upright.

Hyundai i20

Enhancing the comfort and the sense of space for driver and passengers is a unique-in-class panoramic sunroof. Able to both tilt and fully open, it fills the cabin with natural light and fresh air. Further features add to the refinement and convenience of the New Generation i20, including integrated rear-view camera and front LED lighting.

Interior refinement complements the sophisticated and distinctive exterior styling of the New Generation i20. Influenced by the brand's 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy, the car's clear and simple overall architecture was penned at Hyundai Motor's Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

Hyundai's European design team has created a bold front aesthetic. The upright chrome-framed hexagonal grille has been lowered for design and engineering purposes. A thin, horizontal grille connects the front headlamp clusters, which include bi-function projection headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED positioning lamps. A lower grille houses the front fog lamps, and emphasises the powerful stance of the car.

The 4035mm long bodyshell incorporates a single feature-line running the length of the vehicle, sculptured undercuts of the body panels, and a waistline moulding at the base of the door.

Hyundai i20

At the rear, the New Generation i20 features a gloss-finished black C-pillar that gives the impression of a floating roofline. The lamp clusters wrap around the rear wing into the trunk lid and feature a 'boomerang'-shaped LED design.

The public world premiere of the New Generation i20 will take place during Hyundai's press conference at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in Hall 3, at 16:00 CET on Thursday 2 October.

- NZ Herald

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