4 September 2008
Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20

Hyundai shows i20 at Paris Motorshow

4 September 2008 | The Hyundai i20 will be first shown at the Paris Motorshow. Alongside the new i20 – which will make its world premiere on 2nd October – Hyundai will also debut a low-emissions i20 i-blue concept, a luxurious seven-seat ix55 sports utility vehicle and a concept Santa Fe equipped with a petrol-electric hybrid. Hyundai's dramatic Genesis Coupe show car will be present and the acclaimed Genesis saloon will be making its European debut.

Set to be launched early 2009, the new i20 will be a key addition to Hyundai's i-range. Designed at Hyundai's European Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the new five-door has a longer wheelbase than the existing Getz, and is both bigger inside and more dynamic in appearance.

In keeping with the i10 and i30, the i20 features Hyundai's trademark chrome-topped grille and teardrop headlamps at the front, while stacked rear light clusters give the rear end a distinctive look.

Hyundai i20

Based on the all-new i20, Hyundai's latest i-blue car concept incorporates a number of modifications, enhancing the standard model's environmental credentials. These improvements are achieved without compromising performance, reliability or driver satisfaction. Key modifications to deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption include: full-length under floor covers, a 15 millimetre reduction in ground clearance, changes to the front and rear aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres and high performance, low friction engine oil.

The i20 i-blue concept is fitted with Hyundai's 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 90PS and generates 220Nm of torque. To improve economy, it drives through a six-speed manual gearbox – instead of the car's usual five-speed unit. The CO2 output is 99g/km and the fuel consumption figure 68mpg.

Although not destined for British shores, Hyundai's seven seat iX55 sports utility vehicle will also make its debut in production-ready form at Paris. Based on the Veracruz already on sale in the USA, the ix55 has been extensively re-styled and re-tuned to match European requirements and driving styles.

Hyundai i20