A fleet of 2015 Hyundai i20 has been spied in North Europe. Prototypes of the car, codenamed IB, have been spotted testing before, in Germany, Spain and even in India. The i20 is one of Hyundai’s global cars and the mules spotted here could’ve been undergoing winter testing.
Being heavily camouflaged, not many details can be made out from the pictures. Though the car carries over the current i20’s platform, the outlines reveal a longer car but with an advanced version of Hyundai's ‘Fluidic’ design language. The sharper lines, flared wheel arches and the longer wheelbase give the hatchback a sportier look. The rear features a tailgate mounted spoiler. Having upgraded the Grand i10’s dimensions, Hyundai seems to have done the same with the i20 in order to widen the gap between the two hatchbacks. A photo of the interiors was also taken but it doesn’t reveal much besides the two-tone upholstery.
We can expect Hyundai to retain its tried and tested engine lineup for the Indian-spec i20. The 1.2-litre petrol unit produces 83bhp and 113Nm of torque while the 1.4-litre diesel unit produces 89bhp and 220Nm of torque. Besides the six-speed manual, we can expect the four-speed automatic gearbox option to be retained too.
Owing to the increased dimension, we can assume that the car will be a bit pricier than the current i20. The car is expected to go on sale later in the year. The B-segment hatchback goes up against the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia, Nissan Micra, Renault Scala and the Maruti Swift.