Sunday, 4 March 2012

2013 Hyundai i20 Facelift REVEALED

Current i20
Restyled rear lights, bumper and wheels
Hyundai have today officially released first images of the refreshed i20 supermini, the first update since its original launch in 2009. Up front the i20 features Hyundai's fluidic sculpture form design language with the signature hexagonal grill design and reshaped headlamps. More minor exterior changes include restyles rear light clusters, a reshaped rear bumper and all new wheel designs. No interior pictures have yet been released but minor changed are expected. Unsurprisingly dimensions remain largely the same with only a minor increase in length of 55mm. Bigger news is the introduction of a new 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder 'U-II' diesel engine that generates 75 ps. When mated to Hyundai's Blue Drive technologies, this derivative emits just 84 g/km of CO2 - a figure lower than any other car with a conventional powertrain. The engine was developed at Hyundai's Diesel Centre of Excellence - part of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany - and showcases Hyundai's expertise in clean diesel technology. This engine also features in the i20's cousin the Kia Rio. Its not yet know whether the suspension has also been retuned, this will become clear in the coming months.

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