Spyshots: New Hyundai i20 Looks Promising

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Hyundai and Kia make some decent cars, but since most are designed to be global, they are very US-friendly. That means B-segment cars have to be very cheap, which means they lack the premium feel of European superminis.
Hyundai's Accent and i20 is a mixed bag of complicated lines with average equipment. By comparison, the Kia Rio sister car is not only good looking, but also impressively equipped with things like heated steering wheel and mirrors that fold at the press of a button.

But this next-generation i20 promises to be a very cool. We have new spyshots of the car which show a lot more detail. The 15-inch alloy wheels have a very sharp design and a full panoramic sunroof has been added as a premium feature. It also looks like the mirrors have LED indicators added and fold automatically as well.

We know this is probably a high-spec version of the upcoming i20 but it's nothing like the current model. The supermini segment is notorious for bad equipment on basic models, as things like air conditioning, decent paint and alloys are never fitted to the cars' first trim level. Maybe Hyundai can change this.

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.

We expect the basic engine will continue to be a 1.2-liter because this is the best choice for cheaper entry-level models.

We're going to guess the i20 is ready to be looked at and will debut in Frankfurt this September. But production will likely only start next year.
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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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