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by George Skentzos

Hyundai has released the first official image of its new three-door version of the i20 city car ahead of its global debut at the Geneva motor show.

As its namesake would suggest, the i20 is positioned between the i10 and i30, with the three-door model set to offer a lower entry point for the i20 line-up.

Using the same 2.525m wheelbase and weighing 10 kilograms less than the i20 five-door, the new model offers an equally well proportioned exterior and spacious interior that will comfortably accommodate adult passengers in the front and rear seats.

The longer front doors coupled with Hyundai’s quick-release memory seats with walk-in functionality provide easy access to and from the rear.

This simple lever allows the front-seat backrests to be tipped and the whole seat to slide forwards, then returning to their original position without the need for readjustment.

The i20 boasts an extensive list of active and passive safety equipment including six airbags on all models – front, side and curtain – as standard, plus active head-restraints.

Hyundai expects the entry-level 1.2-litre i20 ‘Kappa’ model to be its best-seller, developing 57kW and 119Nm; it offers impressive fuel consumption with low CO2 emissions to produce a package with exceptionally low running costs.

While we won’t see the two-door model on our shores just yet, the Australian public will get their first look at the i20 five-door at the Melbourne International Motor Show later this month.




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