• New 1.1-litre powertrain emits 84 g/km – one of the best in segment
  • First image revealed design update, influenced by fluidic sculpture
  • Five Year Triple Care standard on All New i20

The third generation Hyundai i20 is about to launch in India within couple of days. We are remembering it’s one of the popular first generation facelift variant which was ahead of it’s time and even had a sunroof (Check out the video above). Hyundai released the first image of the i20 facelift on 4th March 2012, ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new model took the stage three years after the launch of the original i20, featuring refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and among the lowest CO2 emissions in the European B-segment.

Among the four powertrain options available to buyers of the i20 facelift was the new 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder ‘U-II’ diesel engine that generates 75 ps. When mated to technologies from Hyundai’s Blue Drive sub-brand, the upgraded model emits just 84 g/km of CO2. The engine was developed at Hyundai’s Diesel Centre of Excellence – part of the European R&D set-up in Rüsselsheim, Germany – and showcased Hyundai expertise in clean diesel technology.

This ground-breaking new engine was offered alongside another sub-100 g/km diesel. When combined with Blue Drive technologies, the upgraded 1,4-litre ‘U-II’ 90 ps engine emits 96 g/km.

The debut of the All New i20 saw the introduction of fluidic sculpture form language to Hyundai’s supermini. The revised exterior design carried the hallmarks of Hyundai styling, including the company’s signature hexagonal grille and new headlamp units. Updating their own design from the original i20, the stylists at Hyundai’s European design studio had further modernised All New i20 with a more contemporary profile for the front and rear bumpers, a new sculpted bonnet and new wheel designs.

In terms of dimensions, the width (1710 mm), height (1490 mm) and wheelbase (2525 mm) of All New i20 remained the same, while the length has increased by just 55 mm (front 30 mm, rear 25 mm) over its predecessor to 3995 mm.

Allan Rushforth, the then Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe commented, “The i20 has been very popular with European buyers since it came to market in 2009, thanks to its combination of efficiency, quality, practicality and value. With an enhanced powertrain line-up that includes some of the cleanest powertrains in its segment, and sharper styling influenced by fluidic sculpture, the All New i20 will appeal to a broader range of buyers, including younger consumers. The assurance of our industry-best, comprehensive Five Year Triple Care package makes the All New i20 an even more attractive proposition.”

As with all newly-launched models in Europe that time, the All New i20 came with Five Year Triple Care, comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years of roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks.

All New i20 was announced at the company’s press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, which took place in Hall 1 at 09:45(CET) on Tuesday 6th March 2012.