• Feb 19, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Hyundai i20 three-door

Fuel- and cash-conscious consumers in Europe will have a new runabout to choose from in April when the Hyundai i20 three-door hits dealers. The lowest rung of the i20 range will be unveiled at next month's Geneva Motor Show, packing either a 78-hp, 1.2-liter "Kappa" four-cylinder or a 1.4-liter diesel. Both engines can be mated to either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox, and the trim levels – Classic, Comfort and Style – will carry over from the five-door model. Hyundai is offering a limited number of available options, including a multi-function steering wheel and keyless entry, along with power windows and mirrors. Pricing starts out at £8,195, or £450 less than the current five door model. Make the jump for Hyundai's press release.



PRESS RELEASE

HYUNDAI REVEALS THREE-DOOR i20
  • New body style to be revealed at Geneva show
  • Aimed at younger buyers
  • Priced £450 lower than five-door, starting at £8,195
Hyundai has revealed the first picture of the new i20 three-door, ahead of its official unveiling at the Geneva motor show on March 3rd.

Building on the success of the recently launched Hyundai i20 five-door, the new body style will broaden the i20's appeal to the fastest-growing sector of the car market in Europe.

In addition to a stylish new look, the three-door model offers a lower price entry point for the i20 line-up with prices starting at just £8,195 for the 1.2 Classic model – that's £450 less than the five-door.

Positioned between the successful i10 and i30 models, the i20 three-door shares many of its styling features with the five-door. In fact the front and rear remains unchanged, but the distinctive crease lines that run along each side are enhanced by the longer front doors and the sporty, upswept shape of the rear-side window.

Built on the same 2.525mm wheelbase and weighing 10-kilograms less than the i20 five-door, the new model offers an equally well proportioned exterior and spacious interior that will comfortably accommodate adult passengers in the front and rear seats.

The larger front doors create a wide entry aperture, and Hyundai's quick-release memory seats with walk-in functionality provide easy access to and from the rear. The system enables the front-seat backrests to be tipped and the whole seat to slide forwards. This simple-to-use system returns the front seat to the originally selected position without the need for readjustment.

Safety is always at the forefront for Hyundai and the i20 has an extensive list of active and passive equipment. This includes six airbags on all models – front, side and curtain – as standard, plus active head-restraints.

Hyundai expects i20 buyers will make the 1.2-litre petrol engine – dubbed 'Kappa' – the best-selling power plant in the range. The new, all-alloy unit combines miserly fuel consumption with low CO2 emissions to produce a compelling package with exceptionally low running costs.

Kappa is the latest example of the company's expertise in developing lightweight, low-NVH, super-efficient engines. With a displacement of just 1,248cc, Kappa unit develops an impressive 78PS and a class-leading torque figure of 119Nm endowing the i20 with responsive acceleration and excellent driveability.

The three-door i20 is available to order now, with the first examples arriving in UK showrooms in April.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The general styling is better than it was 10 years ago, but those gigantic anime-styled, ugly-as-sin headlights are popping up on nearly every one of their vehicles...

      Is that something en-vogue in SK or something?

      Because it's just wrong to have such ugly eyes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Headlights look good to me.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Add 2 more doors and I'd buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just get the i30 (coming to the US as the Elantra Touring).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it to the US = instant sales.

      Note to GM & C: If you made cars like this, you wouldn't be holding the tin cup.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What Hyundai, well Kia should do is bring over the Pro C'eed - one of the best looking hatches on the market (and I'm not usually a fan of hatches).
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMHO:

      looks better than the fiesta
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks very (new) Ford Ka-esque, which is quite nice. Hyundai scores again!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here is the original concept design of this car.

      http://66.160.188.111/.ee94324/cmd.233/enclosure..ee94325

      It is not smilar with mazda 3.

      I think concept version design is better than curent design.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPqDq7zL4Xk
      • 5 Years Ago
      why is hyundai one of the few auto makers making good looking cars these days
      • 5 Years Ago
      Heres a riddle -

      What Hyundai looks like a Mazda3 hatch in 5-door trim and what Hyundai looks like a Mazda2 in 3-door trim?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Here's a riddle-

        What Mazda looks like it ripped off the Peugeot 307, a common criticism in Europe?

        I love the Mazda 3, but I'm bone-tired of the fanboys who think Mazda invented the hatchback.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this guy's quickly becoming the next JDMlover. Or is he the same guy?

        Autoblog needs MazdaFTL to balance evil(mazdaftw) and good just like there's spiderman and venom.
        • 5 Years Ago
        no i think from that angle it looks more like an opel corsa
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's funny considering the Mazda3 looks like the Pontiac Vibe from the side.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Mazda 3 is probably the most boring hatchback on sale in Europe. It isn't a patch on the 307, Golf, Astra, Bravo or Focus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great engines!
        • 5 Years Ago
        kinda boring to be honest
        if i were one of them then id at least have a flamboyant supercharger or turbo model in there
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it better than the Accent 3DR.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "dazza - gimme a break buddy. thats typical European elitism right there (as seen on Top Gear). The 3 is built well, handles among the top of it's class and is has a interior some of those French crap-boxes can't touch." -MazdaFTW

      The only reason the 3 handles well is because it uses Ford of Europe's excellent C1 platform.

      And being American, you have absolutely no clue as to the cream of modern a-segment, b-segment and c-segment hatchbacks - including those from French manufacturers. Why? Because you're only offered a pitiful handful to try out for yourselves. The Mazda 3 - like all Mazdas except for the MX-5 - is simply a dull-as-dishwater appliance.

      I suggest you stick to your leviathan pick-up trucks and leave the best of small car segments to Europeans - because they do it better than anybody. But forgive me, I forgot you're American - which means you think you do things better than anyone else and know more than anyone else. Which explains your current state in this world.


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