Hyundai has long been the preferred choice when it comes to quality and affordability with many highly successful models over the years. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that the brand new Hyundai i20 is hitting the bullseye in all areas of significance.
The new Hyundai i20 looks set to rule the premium hatchback segment with class-leading features that everyone is talking about. The latest addition to the automaker’s lineup is essentially a new offering and not just minor tweaks either. It comes with a new engine and transmission, more features and it’s built-in a new platform.
Combining The Latest Tech To Build The Hyundai i20
According to a statement released by the automaker, the new Hyundai i20 has been “perfected through a prudent use of Industry 4.0 and Automation”. They claim that this process has resulted in a more robust and reliable performance. The car is made from a light superstructure featuring an application of 66% advanced and high-strength steel that they claim will greatly enhance crash safety without adding weight to the car.
Built using robots on an assembly line with the latest technology, the new Hyundai i20 provides a glimpse into the future of automotive manufacturing. They claim that this setup will ensure superior quality standards and a lasting glossy finish. Hyundai has tested the new i20 on 18 tracks to ensure it performs in various driving conditions.
Modern But Stylish Interior And Exterior
Designers of the new Hyundai i20 have outdone themselves in all aspects of styling. They got rid of the old “safe” design and went all-in with a cascading grille, projector headlights and a creased bonnet with a prominent V-shape theme flowing into Hyundai’s logo.
The front bumper design is bolder which flows brilliantly into the shapely theme of the car. LED headlamps and fog lamps will be housed in a triangular cut out in the lower half of the bumper. To add more sophistication and class, they’ve gone with subtle detailing such as the i20 badge inside the headlights and a dotted pattern on the fuel cap.
A stand out for many will be the back-end which is perhaps the most impressive. It has uniquely styled Z-shaped LED tail lights with a chrome bar running across the boot lid. The placement of the black applique is just as interesting, adding even more flair to the overall design. The new Hyundai i20 also gets a new set of diamond cut alloy wheels.
On the inside, the interior features a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with a digital display. The dashboard design is strong with lines running across horizontally which provide a wider look. Connectivity to Android Auto or the Apple CarPlay is wireless so you can keep your mobile phone in your pocket or the centre console.
Safety Tech And Connectivity
Speaking of connectivity, as with many other Hyundai vehicles, the new Hyundai i20 also has BlueLink car technology which enables geofencing, speed alert, finding the car location, remote engine start/stop and remote climate control among many more. The addition in the Hyundai i20 includes the placement of some emergency buttons below the inside rearview mirror for SOS, RoadSide Assistance and BlueLink.
Then there is the built-in navigation system that typically requires a visit to a service centre for updates but not on the Hyundai i20. Hyundai is offering map updates over the air so it will upload the latest maps on its own when is connected to the internet. This means you will receive updates as soon as Hyundai releases new ones.
The smart pedal is a new piece of safety equipment specially added to the Hyundai i20 and works like this. When a driver applies pressure on the brake and accelerator simultaneously by mistake, the smart pedal is designed to ignore the accelerator and apply the brake only.
New Hyundai i20 Specifications
The powertrain options are pretty exciting with initial reports suggesting a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Turbo GDi petrol engine that delivers an impressive 120hp. This is the most powerful engine in its category which combines with either an Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
For diesel fans, the new Hyundai i20 will also have a nippy, economical 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine delivering a respectful 98bhp. The diesel is coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission which may easily be considered the best option for long highway journeys, especially with the excellent rated fuel economy of 25.2 km/l.
Whether South Africa will get the 1.0-litre engine remains unclear and it’s likely that the local option will be a 1.2-litre petrol engine. For more updates on the new Hyundai i20 – join us on Facebook. You can also sign up for the monthly newsletter and receive some of the most competitive automotive deals in the country.