The all-new Hyundai i20 has been unveiled ahead of a public debut in the coming weeks.
The new supermini's cabin represents a significant departure from its predecessor, with two 10.25in screens, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, ambient lighting and a distinctive 'blade' design running horizontally across the dashboard. The digital cluster will change colour depending on the selected driving mode, while the centrally mounted touchscreen gives access to a raft of new connectivity functions, including live traffic and weather data, fuel station locator and smartphone mirroring.
The new i20 represents the start of a “revolutionary and ambitious” new design language for Hyundai.
The third-generation Vauxhall Corsa rival is set to go on sale in May and introduces what Hyundai describes as a theme of “sensuous sportiness” that will be applied across the rest of its line-up in due course.
Further to the adoption of distinctive creases and other styling details new to Hyundai, the latest i20 is proportionally different from its predecessor, being 30mm wider, 5mm longer and 24mm lower. Its wheelbase has been lengthened by 10mm to increase passenger space, too, while the boot is now slightly bigger, at 351 litres. Ten paint colours across a broad spectrum are available, as is the option of a two-tone scheme by way of a black roof.
Best-in-class connectivity is claimed for the supermini, with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto introduced to the sector for the first time and Hyundai’s Blue Link system offering a variety of services including a no-cost five-year subscription for TomTom-supplied live traffic data. Wireless phone charging also features.
Highlights among the huge provision of new safety kit include sat-nav-based adaptive cruise control, which can anticipate corners or straight stretches and lower or raise your speed appropriately, an intelligent speed limiter and lane-following assistance, a system that keeps the car centred within its lane.