The i20 Active will become a rival for Volkswagen's CrossPolo when it goes on sale. Its dimensions make it slightly shorter and wider than the conventional five-door hatchback, although its ride height has been raised by 20mm. The Active shares its platform and wheelbase with the regular i20.
The new model also receives skid plates at the front and rear, and cladding across its wheel arches to give a pseudo-SUV appearance.
It’s likely that Hyundai’s engineers have been tweaking the i20 Active’s chassis settings for European roads.
The i20 Active will come with only one engine option at launch - Hyundai's new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, which produces 99bhp. The engine is claimed to return up to 58.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 110g/km.
Hyundai continues to ‘evaluate’ the small SUV market, although it does have a Chinese-built model, the ix25, that could feasibly be fast-tracked to European markets with only modest regional modifications.