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Geneva: Hyundai i20 is a stylish fuel efficient beauty (Photos)

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When the Hyundai i20 first rolled on the roads it earned praises and accolades for its fuel efficiency and aesthetic design. Now, with the new i20 Hyundai have taken aesthetics and fuel efficiency to another level. The new offering comes with a fuel efficient 1.1 liter 3-cylinder engine.

CO2 emission is an astonishing 84g/km. The grille, fog lamps and headlights are slightly different from last year’s model. However, you may not be able to point out changes when you take a look at the car for the first time. The taillights on the rear have been tweaked and the refreshed new styling on the rear is visible at first sight. The overall length of the new i20 has increased by 55mm; rear 25mm, front 30mm.

Hyundai enthusiasts in the U.S. will be disheartened. The new i20 will be available only in European and Asian markets. Let’s hope all the attention and accolades the new i20 gets at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show works a miracle for hopefuls in the U.S.

Press Release

Hyundai reveals All New i20 ahead of Geneva debut

Lowest ever CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain: 84 g/km
First image reveals design update, influenced by fluidic sculpture
Five Year Triple Care standard on All New i20

Hyundai has released the first image of the All New i20, ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new model features refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and the lowest CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain car on sale today.

Among the four powertrain options available to buyers of the All New i20 will be the new 1.1-litre, 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 modernised the All New i20 with a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.

In terms of dimensions, the width (1710 mm), height (1490 mm) and wheelbase (2525 mm) of All New i20 remain the same, while the length has increased by just 55 mm (front 30 mm, rear 25 mm) over its predecessor to 3995 mm.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe commented, “The i20 has been very popular with European buyers since it came to market in 2009, thanks to its combination of efficiency, quality, practicality and value. With an enhanced engine line-up that includes the lowest CO2 emissions for a conventional powertrain, and sharper styling influenced by fluidic sculpture, the All New i20 will appeal to a broader range of buyers, including younger consumers. The assurance of our industry-best, comprehensive Five Year Triple Care package makes the All New i20 an even more attractive proposition.”

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