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The Korean giant has given the world a first look at the three-door version of its next-generation light car, the Hyundai i20 Coupe.

Whereas the three-door version of the original i20 was almost indistinguishable from the five-door, if one ignored the door count, the next-generation car promises to have a more distinct personality. Whether it deserves the “coupe” tag, though, depends on your level of linguistic flexibility.

If the sketch provided by Hyundai proves to be accurate, the new three-door i20 will feature a unique and much sportier rear-end design. The most obvious change from the five-door is the more steeply raked rear windscreen, which is paired with an integrated rear spoiler.

The five-door’s floating roof design motif is carried over, although on the Coupe the black-out panel doesn’t run all the way up the C-pillar. There’s also a unique set of tail-lights, a more aggressive bumper design and a diving character line above the rear wheel arch. The sketch also hints at frameless door windows, but that may not carry through into the production vehicle.

Hyundai says that the i20 Coupe “combines driving fun, a distinctive character and sporty refinement”. Like the i20 five-door, the three-door variant was designed at Hyundai’s design centre in Russelsheim, Germany.

Hyundai Australia is still finalising the structure of its future small car range, and at this stage is yet to confirm the next-generation i20 for our market. The current model is the top-selling car in its class, with a 14.4 per cent share of the light segment.