South Korean car maker Hyundai will debut the 2015 i20, the next generation version of the hatchback, at this year’s Paris Motor Show. By the end of the year, the B+ segment hatchback is likely to be launched in India, where the car is a strong seller. The latest crop of spyshots reveal details about the next-gen i20’s rear and interiors.
The rear of the car gets a blacked out C-Pillar while the tail lamps feature styling that’s never been seen before in the i20 range. The car also ditches the Fluidic design language on the inside, for squarish finish similar to what is found on the 2015 Sonata Facelift.
On the outside though, Hyundai will persist with the Fluidic design philosophy. The bigger story around the next-gen i20 regards the ride and handling package of the car. Hyundai has shown that it is serious about improving its cars’ ride and handling as is evidenced by its test facility situated at the Nurburgring, Germany.
The i20 spearheads Hyundai’s World Rally Championship (WRC) effort and the trickle down effect of participating in the grueling WRC is likely to percolate to the ride and handling of the next-gen i20 hatchback. If Hyundai can make the i20 handle well, it may be onto something big as the only major downside of the current-gen i20 is its uninspiring handling, floaty ride and ultra light steering.
The 2015 Hyundai i20 hatchback is based on an all-new platform and will be slightly larger than the outgoing version. Unconfirmed rumours suggest that a new 1.5 liter CRDI turbo diesel engine could make it to the engine bay of the new hatchback.
In India, the 2015 i20 will directly take on the Honda Jazz and for this to happen, the car is likely to get a slew of class leading features to match the additional space liberated on its innards. With the Grand i10 hatchback on sale here, Hyundai India will continue with premium price positioning for the 2015 i20.