Hatchbacks provide the volume in sales to a manufacturer. Even though that particular manufacturer may be producing many other cars, spread across many different segments, hatchbacks are the ones which provide them with the maximum sales numbers. This is very true, especially in the case of Hyundai Motor Corporation. Hatchbacks have always been Hyundai’s main forte, and its best sellers are all hatchbacks, with cars like the Eon, i10, i20 etc. doing very well in the Indian market.
Among these top sellers, the i20 is the one with the premium tag, and is always included in the Premium hatchback segment in India. The i20 was launched in 2008 and instantly became a hit with the masses, it also received a facelift in 2012 which made it look that much more better and instantly boosted sales, but Hyundai wanted to keep that going, and in order to keep that going, they knew that they had to immediately start working on the next-gen i20, as the sales for the new facelift too would eventually slow down.
The Korean auto-maker has officially announced that the next-gen i20 would make its premiere at the upcoming Paris motor show, scheduled to take place in October this year, but way before the official launch could happen, spy photographers in Europe have photographed the next-gen i20 in a camouflaged avatar while it was being tested near Hyundai’s new testing centre at the infamous Nürburgring race-track in Germany.
The pictures show that the next-gen i20 completely moves away from the fluidic styling that the current one follows. The rear of the car has been redesigned completely and has bulkier and more muscular lines all over. The tail-lamp cluster too has been redesigned, and looks somewhat like a boomerang. The design is made to look more European like with the use of a faux cover on the C-pillar, which makes the rear windscreen look like its a wraparound unit.
The front of the car though, was fully camouflaged, and no design aspect could be picked up. Such a heavy camouflage up front only suggests that there is a new design language. But we can expect the same LED daytime running lights treatment, but this time it could be integrated into the headlamp cluster itself, instead of the current position near the fog lamps.
The interior of the car seemed to carry the design language from the new Hyundai Sonata, which also seems to be the inspiration for all upcoming Hyundai cars. The interiors on the test mule had all black interiors, and we suspect it will be the only interior option available. It had a well laid out dashboard and a redesigned steering and with classy looking gauges too.
Powering the car will be the same 1.2-liter and 1.4-liter petrol engines and also the 1.1-liter and 1.4-liter turbo-diesels which are already being used in the current gen i20. We can expect a slight increase in economy and decrease in emissions levels from these engines in the new car.
Rumour also suggests that Hyundai might also be working on an i20 GT with the performance badging and also a few modifications to increase performance.
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Source – Carscoops