Production of the all-new Hyundai i20 seems to have already begun and the first un-camouflaged spyshots of the car have hit the interweb. Based on a new platform, the 2015 i20 will be launched in India shortly, with a global unveil expected to happen at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. According to MotorVikatan, the all-new i20 will be christened the Grand i20, with Hyundai taking a leaf out of the i10’s replacement in India, which is known as the Grand i10.
As is evident from the latest set of 2015 i20’s un-camouflaged spyshots (which have been taken off for now), the car will feature a brand new design, which is clearly an evolution of the outgoing version’s design. Hyundai’s Fluidic design philosophy takes the 2.0 mode with the new i20, with the more restrained curves revealing this transition. A prominent design highlight on the new car is the chunky C-Pillar, which is the thickest in its segment. Up front, the new fascia features similar lines to the one found on the likes of the Grand i10 and Xcent, and the new i20 comes across as an elder sibling.
The new car looks longer than the current version, with an increased wheelbase being the main factor that adds to the length. This is expected to liberate more space on the inside. However, as Hyundai India will replace the current i20 with the new model, the new car is expected to measure under 4 meters in length, keeping Indian excise regulations in mind. The car is expected to continue being a class leader when it comes to the number of creature comforts and safety features on offer.
In terms of engines, the current crop of 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter naturally aspirated petrol units and the 1.4 liter turbo diesel motor are expected to be retained, along with 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes for the petrol and diesel motors respectively. A 4 speed automatic gearbox on the 1.4 liter petrol engine could continue to be offered as an option. Expect the all-new 2015 Hyundai i20 to sit at the top of the South Korean automaker’s B+ segment hatchback line up in India, rivaling the likes of the Volkswagen Polo GT TDI and GT TSI, and the upcoming Honda Jazz hatchbacks.
(Spyshots originally sourced from AutocarIndia – have since been taken off)