The new i20 - which has been spied before by CarAdvice's snappers in Europe - is expected to grow significantly over the current version, giving the South Korean brand some space between the i10 micro car and the i30 range.
The new model has been penned by the brand's European design centre in Russelsheim, Germany, and brings with it the company's new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 styling language that is also seen on the new-generation Sonata and Genesis models, including a new version of the hexagonal grille and a thin bonnet strip connecting the headlights.
A longer bonnet and higher metal-to-glass ratio are expected to give the production model a more planted and "powerful stance" on the road, while the blacked-out rear windscreen pillars give the impression of a floating roof panel and "accentuating the car's length".
No technical details have been made available, though it is expected the new i20 will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 62kW and 119Nm in Europe, along with a range of diesels spanning from a 1.1-litre with 55kW/180Nm to a 1.4 diesel with 66kW/220Nm. A performance-oriented model is expected, too, which could be the first production model sold under Hyundai's N performance arm. That car could feasibly be fitted with the same 1.6-litre turbo engine seen in the Veloster SR Turbo, with 150kW and 265Nm.
Hyundai Australia general manager of public relations Bill Thomas told CarAdvice that the new i20 isn't yet confirmed for an Australian launch. If it is sold here, there's some uncertainty as to what that could mean for the brand's small car range, which currently includes the Indian-made i20, the slightly larger Accent and the i30. The i10 micro hatch is also a possibility for Australia in 2015.
It is expected that the new Hyundai i20 will be revealed at the 2014 Paris motor show in early October. Stay tuned for more news as it comes to hand.