The new i20, probably one of the most important models of the South Korean automaker on the European market, has made an appearance at the 2015 edition of the Geneva auto show.
The model was presented in a new generation late last year, making its official public debut during the autumn at the 2014 Paris motor show. The i20 looks flush and more upscale by coming up with a new exterior design – the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 styling, though it keeps some of the traits of its predecessor as well to make it easy to recognize. There’s an entirely new front end that has a more upright styling and puts front and center the hexagonal grille, flanked by the new headlights that have infused LEDs. Interestingly, the i20 goes after the trend that has the “C” pillar painted in a gloss black shade – so far there have been numerous debates on such designs, provoking both love and hate reactions. Naturally, the car’s interior has a cleaner design that has exchanged some of the older, affordable materials for ones looking more upscale. Just like sporty cars of old used to be designed, the i20 features an angled asymmetric dashboard, sitting five degrees towards the driver. The model offers such options as leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof and the infotainment system equipped with a seven-inch display and navigation.
There’s a wide array of engine choices to get under the hood, catering for a variety of customer choices: an 1.25-liter four-cylinder petrol that delivers 75 or 84 PS; a bigger 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol that develops 100 PS (74 kW) and 134 Nm (99 lb-ft) of torque and this year the model also gets a new turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine that sits atop with 120 PS (88 kW) and 172 Nm (127 lb-ft) of torque. Diesel fans will have a choice from a 1.1-liter diesel with 75 PS (55 kW) and 180 Nm (134 lb-ft) of torque or a 1.4-liter that churns out 90 PS (66 kW) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque.