The new version of Hyundai’s popular B-segment model features the brand’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy, in a sophisticated and distinctive design. The first notable look is the new car’s strong lines and well-formed visual personality, both of which are the result of setting up a design studio in Europe to ensure that cars meet consumers’ driving expectations. The long hood and generous shape create a powerful stance for the All-New i20. The body sides are sculpted yet the overall architecture is clear and simple, with the cabin sitting cleanly on the body. In profile, the dark treatment of the C-pillar visually accentuates the car’s length.
The front presents a bold new interpretation of the well-established Hyundai hexagonal grille and a new thin horizontal strip connecting the headlamps. At the back, the wrap-around rear window and unique treatment for the lamp clusters combine with the car’s hatchback proportions to create a distinctive design.
The new car has a satisfyingly European look about it and Hyundai is doing everything it can to make the i20 a valid alternative to the likes of the Ford Fiesta or VW Polo.
Luggage space has also been optimized, and the i20 boasts the biggest trunk currently on the market too.
However, the quality of fittings and trim levels used to finish the cabin will be what seals the deal. And Hyundai isn’t yet prepared to open the i20’s doors and give us a peek inside.
That won’t happen until October, at the Paris Motor Show on Oct. 2, 2014.