A new batch of spy shots of the next-generation Hyundai i20, which seems to be clicked in the company’s yard, has emerged. The completely undisguised car sports a ochre yellow paint scheme, similar to the one used in the new Fiat Punto Evo, and shows off the car’s refreshing new lines which have been modeled in keeping with the ‘Fluidic’ design philosophy.
The new i20 will be underpinned by a new platform, called IB and the design cues show a clear influence of European styling. It gets some funky detailing throughout the body with a rather large design for both the headlamp and tail lamp assembly. Though the India-spec version will stay under four metres in length to avail the government’s concessions, the dimensions might be increased for the Korean manufacturer’s other global markets. The car will also be offered with LED tail lamps and disc brakes on the higher-spec variants.
In the Indian market, the current i20’s engine line-up is expected to be retained for the new car. 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, you can also opt for a four-speed automatic gearbox in the top-end petrol variant.
Though the test mule adorned just an ‘i20’ badge, rumours suggest that Hyundai is planning to launch the 2015 model with the ‘Grand i20’ moniker. There is also a small chance that Hyundai will decide to sell the new model alongside the current car. Last year, Hyundai launched the 2014 model of the i10 with the moniker ‘Grand i10’ which helped the hatchback pave the way for a segment of its own. Now, it seems that the Korean manufacturer is planning to capitalise on the ‘Grand’ label with the next-generation i20.
Previous spy shots have shown the new i20 being tested in white, red, silver and blue paint schemes. As the new i20 will be bigger and more premium than the current car, we can safely assume that it will be a bit pricier too. Rumours suggest that the new i20 might be launched in the second half of the next month. The B-segment hatchback goes up against the Volkswagen Polo and the Fiat Punto.