Hyundai has just released an image of the i10 facelift that will be shown at the Paris Motor Show in two weeks time. The new i10 borrows its design language from the ix35 SUV, also known as the Tucson in some markets, especially with regard to its front-end design.
Other changes include new re-designed tail lamps and bumpers as well as small changes to the interior. The facelifted Hyundai i10 for the European market will sport a new 1.0-litre engine that will replace the 1.1-litre iRDe motor and produces lower CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. Hyundai claims this will be the cheapest car on sale that produces under 100 g/km of CO2 in Europe.
For India, the facelifted Hyundai i10 will get the existing engines but with uprated power and torque figures. But bigger than the i10 is yet another launch that is coming to the Paris Motor Show. What is that? Turn the page to know more.
The Hyundai ix20 is being labelled as a mini-MPV that is designed for small families in Europe. And if we are to hazard a guess, it could very well be on its way to India!
The ix20 is a five seat mini-MPV in the same vein as the Ford Fusion and is based on group company Kia's Venga mini-MPV. In fact the mini-MPV market is about to burst open in India too with variations of the Nissan Micra/Renault small car V-platform as well as the new Ford Fusion/mini-MPV based on the new Fiesta. But what's the ix20 all about?
Details at this point are sketchy, but the ix20 uses Hyundai's Fluidic design concept, only the second car since the Hyundai i-Flow concept car first seen at the Geneva Motor Show. Designed at Hyundai's European Russelsheim Centre, the ix20 is based on the i20 platform.
If so, the ix20 could use a whole host of engines, ranging from the i20's 1.2 Kappa petrol engine (isn't offered on the Kia Venga) to the 1.4 diesel CRDi and the 1.4 petrol either in manual or automatic guise. Considering Hyundai's number two position is under threat, we wouldn't doubt Hyundai's intention of getting cars like the ix20 to India. Watch this space for more updates as we get them.