2015 Hyundai i20 Coupe Turbo Rendering: Hot Hatch Rival for Fiesta ST

After that "oh my god, they make cars that are almost as good as the Germans" hype died down, Hyundai isn't at the center of attention any more. Which is a bit of a shame, considering they have made a few motors that are even better than before. One of them is the Hyundai i20 Coupe, recently revealed and expected in dealerships next year.
Hyundai i20 Coupe Turbo 1 photo
Photo: X-Tomi Design
It's based on the i20 5-door, but comes with completely different bodywork and a spirit lost by the auto industry long ago. You see, while MINI is adding doors in an effort to keep rear passengers happy, Hyundai has chopped them to make the driver happy and brought the same look as the old Ford Puma. How can you not love that?

Only a few basic engines will be available at launch, though later in 2015, Hyundai plans to add a 3-cylinder turbo with about 120 horsepower. Considering more than half of all the Fiestas sold in Europe have the 1-liter EcoBoost engine, that's definitely a good idea. But just look at all the atention they're getting with the awesome Fiesta ST pocket rocket.

Sure, it might not have the technological competence of a MINI Cooper S, but the ST is cheap and honest, a fun car first and foremost. And now, Hyundai has all the tools to do the same. It has a 1.6-liter turbo engine with all sorts of high power outputs. It even has one of those trick twin-clutch gearboxes, which we'll see on the Veloster Turbo very soon.

Hyundai's sales are nowhere near those of Ford in the supermini segment. We think the Koreans needs to fight a battle of inches in order to recover. A bit more power, a bit less weight, a bit cheaper to buy. And before you know it, the i20 Coupe Turbo could be on everybody's bedroom walls.

Rendering via X-Tomi Design
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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