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Spyshots: All-New Hyundai i20 Loses Some Camo

We won't be able to describe Hyundai as a Korean carmaker for very much longer, because their Technical Center in Frankfurt is making cars that are as German as an Opel.
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They've just revealed the fist photos of an all-new i10 a few days ago. The first tech details suggest they've increased legroom and cargo volume to near class-leading levels, indicating the direction this car, the i20, will take.

Knowing that we were interested in the car, Hyundai's engineers decided to play the teasing game and have stripped some off the camo off the all-new 2014 i20. This has left us with a partially revealed bonnet and rear end which we haven't seen before.

Some of the roundedness of Hyundai's typical design has gone away, probably under the supervision of Peter Schreyer. The new i20 actually reminds of the Kia Rio, especially the thick rear pillars, which is not surprising considering they are twins.

Another interesting design change can be seen in the bonnet. Usually, cars in the supermini class have very short bonnets that make them look cute, but Hyundai wants more premium feel and has gone for a very long bonnet which has a strange tapered off area on either side, probably connected to the fender-to-nose panel line. Another thing we picked up on is that it has front parking sensors, something not often seen on small cars.

As for the engines available on the car, we expect the 1.1-liter and 1.4-liter diesels from the Rio will be carried over. The petrol range could see the introduction of their very first small turbo unit, the Kappa 1.0 T-GDi with 120 hp (using turbocharger intercooler), developed for use in Kia's sub-compact cars such as Rio and Rio sedan as well as in the Carens.


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