First pictures of Hyundai's new city car have been released today; the new i10 follows the i30 as the second new Hyundai model to be introduced under the brand’s new naming philosophy. However, Autocar has been given a sneak peak at the firm's product plan for the next two years, and it makes for interesting reading.
The next steps: i40 and i20
After i10 comes the i40 family saloon (a heavy facelift of the current Sonata) which arrives in April.After that we’ll see the new i20 supermini, which replaces the Getz later in 2008. The car will appear in production form at the Paris motor show in the autumn, before hitting showrooms a couple of months later, and like the i30, it will be designed and developed in Europe.
A new Hyundai Coupe: i40c?
A decision concerning the future of the new, rear-driven Tiburon coupe, currently under development for the US market, has yet to be taken. As Autocar understands it, there is considerable will to bring the new Coupe to the UK as a proper right-hand driver, powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and badged ‘i40c’; if that plan gets the go-ahead, it could happen as early as next year, but according to our source, ‘the business case has yet to be made.’ The alternative is to develop a cheaper, more direct replacement for the front-driven coupe, taking its stylistic lead from the Veloster concept, but that car couldn’t arrive until 2009 at the earliest.