The facelifted Hyundai i20, revealed ahead of the Geneva motor show, has set a new benchmark for CO2 emissions from a car with a conventional powertrain. When powered by the 74bhp, 1.1-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine and equipped with the Korean firm’s Blue Drive tech, the i20 emits 84g/km. That’s 1g/km less than the Rio 1.1 CRDi EcoDynamics unveiled by sister firm Kia last autumn.
The other frugal diesel that will be offered in the i20 range, an 89bhp, 1.4-litre unit, emits 96g/km.
The i20 – which first went on sale in 2009 – adopts Hyundai’s latest fluidic sculpture design language, including the company’s signature hexagonal grille and new headlamp units. The car gets a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.
In terms of dimensions, the width (1710mm), height (1490mm) and wheelbase (2525mm) of i20 remain the same, while the length has increased by just 55mm (front 30mm, rear 25mm) over its predecessor to 3995mm.