The next-generation Hyundai i20 has been teased with a pair of renderings ahead of the car's debut at the 2020 Geneva motor show in March.
The new i20 will be the first model sold in Europe to sport Hyundai's new "sensuous sportiness" design theme, which the company says brings an "instinctive beauty to Hyundai vehicles, creating emotional value and giving them a distinctive look".
As with the new Sonata there's a new interpretation of Hyundai's cascading grille accompanied by a sharply-creased front bumper.
At the back there's a horizontal tail-light strip which has Z-shaped graphics and blends in with the fuel filler flap. There's also a black plastic section on the tailgate to extend the visual, if not practical, height of the rear windscreen.
Although Hyundai has yet to release any images of the i20's interior, it has confirmed it will feature two 10.25-inch screens — one for instrumentation display and one for the infotainment system — joined together.
Although the India-sourced first-generation i20 was a strong seller in Australia, the second-generation model (above) never made its way Down Under due to issues related to sourcing it from Turkey.
Instead the i20 was indirectly replaced by a more aggressively priced Accent. With the latest Accent only produced in left-hand drive, the cheapest models in the Hyundai Australia range are the $20,990 i30 hatch and Elantra sedan.
Will the new i20 come to Australia?
There are "no current plans to introduce i20 in Australia" according to a Hyundai spokesperson.
"i20 is produced in Europe, and with the current exchange rates we can’t make a rational business case for its introduction locally," they said.