Hyundai will unveil its new B-segment MPV at the Paris motor show
2 September 2010

Hyundai has released the first image of its main star for the Paris motor show: the ix20.

The firm's small MPV - in effect a rival for the Kia Venga and Vauxhall Meriva - is previewed through a sketch.

See pics of the new Hyundai ix20

But even from the illustration, it's clear that the Korean manufacturer is trying to steer the car away from traditional boxy-MPV stereotypes.

That's also reflected in its name; Hyundai only uses 'x' in its badging for cars that it considers 'crossovers', such as the ix35.

The ix20 is the work of Hyundai's European R&D centre in Germany. It's the second Hyundai, after the ix35, to use what the firm calls its "fluidic sculpture" design language.

Hyundai says the car is "a vehicle with the ability to simultaneously serve as a functional people-carrier while providing a dynamic, fun-to-drive experience".

With Hyundai's Scirocco-rivalling Veloster being delayed until after Paris, the ix20 will be the brand's main launch at the show - although it will also reveal a revised i10 range that includes a 1.0-litre model with CO2 emissions of 99g/km.

The ix20 will go on sale in the UK in early November 2010, with more details being revealed closer to the show. See all the latest Hyundai reviews, news and video

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2 September 2010

[quote Autocar]The firm's small MPV - in effect a rival for the Kia Venga and Vauxhall Meriva - is previewed through a sketch. [/quote]

I don't mean to be picky but surely this Hyundai isn't so much a rival for the Venga as it is a rebodied version of it?

2 September 2010

[quote supermanuel]I don't mean to be picky but surely this Hyundai isn't so much a rival for the Venga as it is a rebodied version of it?
[/quote]

Totally. Just look past the front. Everything behind the A pillar looks like a Venga to me.

 

 

2 September 2010

Going by the "picture" the launch is taking place in an "80's" discotheque.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

3 September 2010

[quote Zeddy]

Going by the "picture" the launch is taking place in an "80's" discotheque.

[/quote]...........and why not???80's disco's were cool for those of us now 40+.

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