The third-generation Hyundai i20 looks to make a big impact with a fresh design, new technology, mild hybrid options and various driver safety systems that the Korean automaker says are the most comprehensive in its class.
While it was set to debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, the event has been cancelled due to concerns over the Coronavirus. The decision from Switzerland’s Federal Council was not made lightly but safety comes first, declaring that no events with more than 1000 people were allowed to take place until March 15, 2020.
Organisers called the cancellation “a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva”. Car manufacturers are thinking outside the box to showcase their latest innovations with Hyundai exploring live-stream options. In light of this development, here’s a detailed look at the new 2021 Hyundai i20.
2021 Hyundai i20 Styling And Interior
The styling of the new Hyundai i20 is familiar, yet fresh at the same time. It has Hyundai’s current design with a wide grille, edgy lines in the front and the high beltline still features prominently. It seamlessly connects the front with a new quarter window at the C-pillar while the rear gets full-width LED taillights mounted in a new hatch design.
In terms of proportion, the 2021 Hyundai i20 is still a small hatchback but a little sportier. The roof is slightly lower while the car is approximately 30 mm wider, 5 mm longer and 24 mm lower. This means it has a longer wheelbase of nearly 10 mm so there’s more space for rear passengers and cargo. There are no available specs on the back seats but it has an extra 25 litres in boot capacity.
The biggest revelation for the new Hyundai i20 is in the technology department. Hyundai now offers a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster combined with another 10.25-inch centre touchscreen for a fully-immersive digital experience. It features wireless cell phone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with an eight-speaker Bose sound system among the luxury options.
Hyundai is also offering all sorts of extras through its Bluelink Connected Car Services, at least for the European markets. They will have a wide range of cloud-based connectivity features from finding a parking spot to locating your car and allowing you to control it remotely.
Engine Specifications And Safety Features
Set to be built at Hyundai’s production plant in Turkey, the new 2021 Hyundai i20 gets the standard 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 62 kilowatts connected to a five-speed manual gearbox. Considering the new i20 weighs about 4% less than the outgoing models mean a better power to weight ratio.
Hyundai has also introduced an optional 1.0-litre GDi turbo three-cylinder engine producing either 74 kW or 88 kW, with the addition of a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. Gearbox options for the turbo are either a seven-speed dual-clutch or a new six-speed “intelligent” manual transmission. It actually disconnects the transmission from the engine when lifting the throttle.
Drivers will have cutting edge technology as the 2021 Hyundai i20 continues with the SmartSense safety package which includes the following:
- Navigation-Based intelligent cruise control and speed limit assist can monitor the vehicle’s location and automatically adjust its speed
- Lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning
- Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert
- New generation Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that provides pedestrian and cyclist detection
There is no confirmation yet on engine options or pricing for the South African market but more information will be available in due course. In the meantime, visit our showroom online to view our new or quality pre-owned Hyundai vehicles.