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.
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.