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by Matt Campbell

A crossover-style version of the Hyundai i20 will be unveiled on March 17 in India, dubbed the Hyundai i20 Active.

The more rugged looking model – described by Hyundai as an “SUV looking car” – is based on the Indian-market Hyundai i20 Elite hatchback, and we’ve seen spy shots of the new SUV version of that car in the past week.

The Active version is set to feature the expected off-road styling enhancements such as roof rails, underbody bash-plates and plastic-clad flared wheel arches teamed to bulkier front and rear bumpers.

Having been designed by the company’s European design team in Germany, it is expected to compete against the likes of Volkswagen‘s CrossPolo and Fiat Panda Cross overseas. Neither of those cars are sold in Australia.

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The i20 Active is expected to ride on raised suspension, sitting about 30 millimetres higher than the regular hatch, and will retain the same front-drive underpinnings of the standard car. New wheels with slightly chunkier tyres are also expected.

It isn’t clear yet whether Australian buyers will be offered the i20 Active, let alone the regular i20 (either from Europe or from India, as there are two different versions available).

The company has confirmed it is planning to sell the current-generation i20 for the remainder of 2015, but is in the process of assessing whether the new-gen i20 or the smaller i10 could be sold here as its replacement.

The current i20 is still selling strongly – indeed, 2014 saw the i20 outsell the Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 to become the best-selling light car in Australia.




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