Hyundai i20 Coupe Spied in Germany

With the second generation i20, Hyundai took things up a notch or two with the way a little supermini has to be. Compared to its popular forerunner, the all-new 2015 Hyundai i20 is better styled, boasts with improved cabin materials, as well as added tech.
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Heck, the new kid on the block was developed to pose a threat to the classics of the segment, namely the VW Polo, Ford Fiesta and even the new Opel Corsa E. As such, the 2015 Hyundai i20 features a floating-roof design to look more dynamic than its rivals, a wheelbase that offers sufficient space for five, the largest boot in its class and LED lights all around.

The South Korean manufacturer even joined the downsizing trend with the all-new Kappa 1-liter T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which is rated at 120 PS and 172 Nm (126 lb-ft) of torque. Those are enough resources for nippy driving in the urban jungle, which are on par with the the Ford Motor Company's highly acclaimed 1-liter EcoBoost turbo three-pot.

It seems like Hyundai played its cards extremely well with the i20, but surprises don't end here

Currently assembled in Turkey at the Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant, a recent report citing sources close to the manufacturer hints at an estate (Wagon) variant. To boot, a three-door version has been officially teased by Hyundai themselves in September and have we got some spy shots of it for you.

Recently spied just outside the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center in Germany, the car in the gallery below looks like it's almost ready for production alongside its more practical five-door brother. As expected from such a transition, the doors have been slightly elongated to accomodate the all-new body style.

The rear pillars have been raked more sharply than those of the five-door i20

This styling trick gives the Coupe a sporty persona. Naturally, Hyundai's teaser rendering of the i20 Coupe was a little overenthusiastic, but still, it really looks good and well proportioned when looked at in the flesh.

Regarding powertrain options, trim levels and optional equipment, do expect the Hyundai i20 Coupe to come with pretty much the same kit as the five-door model. As for pricing, it's only natural to presume there will be a minor bump between the two, but no more than €600 (745 dollars / 475 pounds sterling).

Lastly, Hyundai announced that the i20 Coupe will go on sale in Europe next year in March. If you wait a lil' longer, the automaker will launch a hot hatch variant of the i20 Coupe developed by the N performance division, which will most likely be animated by a turbo 1.6 similar to the one used by the Veloster Turbo.
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