2012 Hyundai i20 facelift in Australia by midyear

The first images of the Hyundai i20 facelift have been released just days out from the revitalised light car’s unveiling at the Geneva motor show.
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The updated model, which is set to hit Australian showrooms in mid 2012, benefits from revised styling and upgraded equipment levels.

The 2012 model refresh sees the i20 adopt Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design language, highlighted by the hexagonal grille and new headlight assemblies.

The stylists at Hyundai’s European design studio have also updated the front and rear bumpers, bonnet, wheels and taillights for a more contemporary appearance.

The height (1490mm), width (1710mm) and wheelbase (2525mm) carry over from the previous model, while the length has grown by 55mm (30mm at the front, 25mm at the rear).

While a new 55kW 1.1-litre three-cylinder diesel engine will be offered in Europe, Hyundai Australia is expected to continue to offer only an entry-level petrol engine. The current model is powered by a 73kW/136Nm 1.4-litre engine, available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Full specification and pricing details will be confirmed closer to the 2012 Hyundai i20’s local launch.

The i20 is aiming to fill the hole left by the cheap and popular Getz, which was phased out late last year. So far this year, the i20 has a 10.3 per cent share of the light-car segment, with 2079 sales in January and February. At the same time in 2011, the Getz held a 16.1 per cent share with 3623 sales, supported by the i20 with 1043 sales.

The Hyundai i20 is currently fourth in the light-car class behind the Mazda2 (3395), the Toyota Yaris (2718) and the Holden Barina (2341).