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by Tim Beissmann

Images of the 2015 Hyundai i20 have appeared online, revealing the final production design of the new-generation city car.

The images, published by Motor Trend India, uncover the front, rear and interior styling of the all-new i20 almost two months ahead of the car’s anticipated public debut at October’s Paris motor show.

The spied i20 remains largely true to Hyundai’s official design sketches released five days ago.

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Penned at the South Korean brand’s European design centre in Russelsheim, Germany, using the company’s new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, the city car features wraparound headlights, a large hexagonal diamond-effect grille, broad tail-lights spanning the tailgate and quarter panels and a pillar-less floating roof at the rear.

The shots also provide the first look at the new Hyundai i20’s cabin, which appears much sharper and more modern than that of the outgoing model.

The instrument cluster features a TFT display trip computer, multi-function three-spoke steering wheel, a basic audio system at the top of the centre stack and air conditioning controls at its base.

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Motor Trend India reports the new Hyundai i20 is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, measuring 3985mm from nose to tail, but 45mm longer between the wheels (2570mm wheelbase) and 24mm wider (1734mm).

While it’s likely to reach local showrooms in 2015, Hyundai Australia says the new i20 is not yet locked in for our market. It’s understood the brand is still finalising its small hatch range, which currently includes the i20, Accent and i30, and could also expand to include the micro-sized i10.

The current i20 is performing well, outselling the Mazda 2 and Toyota Yaris to top the city car segment so far this year.

More details on the 2015 Hyundai i20 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.




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