• Sep 14, 2010
Hyundai ix20 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language may be doing wonders on North American-spec Sonatas and Tucsons, but this same design language will make its way across the automaker's entire worldwide lineup over the next few years. We've seen it previewed in the next-generation Elantra and Accent, and now Hyundai has released some preview images of its new ix20 small MPV, set to debut at this year's Paris Motor Show. At first glance, it looks like a teeny-tiny ground-bound Tucson. It's cute, if a bit angry-looking.

We'll have to wait until the Paris show opens up before we get the full details on the ix20. For now, Hyundai is only saying that its new MPV will offer class-leading fuel economy, low C02 emissions and the latest in active and passive safety technologies. Follow the jump for the full details in the press release.



[Source: Hyundai]
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THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX – ix20 TO MAKE A PARIS DEBUT

- All-new Hyundai mini-MPV to be revealed at Paris Motor Show
- Facelifted version of best-selling i10 unveiled
- Class-leading CO2 emissions for both models

Hyundai will kick off an intensive period of product launches by unveiling two important new models at this year's Paris Motor Show.

First of these exciting new models is Hyundai's new B-segment MPV, named ix20. The ix20 is the second European model to adopt Hyundai's new 'fluidic sculpture' design language which helps differentiate it from the boxy 'minivan' image typically associated with the segment.

On sale from mid November in the UK, ix20 is expected to attract young families with its excellent all-round package: class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions; the latest in active and passive safety technologies; and the company's groundbreaking Five Year Triple Care warranty.

The ix20 will be joined at the show by the facelifted version of Hyundai's best selling i10 city car. The new i10 features comprehensive visual and mechanical improvements, including a new 1.0-litre engine with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The new version of the i10 will go on sale early in 2011.

Hyundai's Paris show press conference will take place at 16:15 (CET) on Thursday 30th September.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a cool little car.
      Hope we get it in the states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Koreans have arrived !!!!!

      This is going to steamroll Maruti Suzuki in India when it will be launched in India. The Japanese are going to have tough time competing with the Koreans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone explain the difference between an MPV and a 5-door hatchback? Because I always thought an MPV had three rows of seats (like a Mazda5) or some other level of utility beyond a normal car.

      Regardless, though, this looks like a nice offering. I will eagerly await fuel economy figures; if Hyundai can do 35mpg hwy with the Sonata, I wonder what numbers they can achieve in a subcompact. And then I'll be sad because it won't come to the U.S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        B-segment MPVs are distinguishable from higher rooflines and more flexibility with bootspace, etc than the hatchbacks they're based on. This will compete head on with the Meriva, Modus, and upcoming B-Max.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks sharp; however, I think they should reconfigure the front bumper so it looks less like the Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "it looks like the Fiesta."

        That front face borrowed from Hyundai genus concept

        Hyundai Genus Concept revealed in 2006
        http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/06q1/hyundai_genus_concept-auto_shows
        (It designed by Hyundai's Russelsheim design studio in Germany)

        Ford Fiesta Mark VI poduced since 2008
        Ford Fiesta Mark VI concept form as the Ford Verve at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007

        Hyundai design is defenitely earlier than Ford.
        Ford designer copied Hyundai.

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        Again,

        Hyundai Genus concept - 2006
        Ford Verve concept - 2007
        Ford Fiesta - 2008
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a nice-looking small car. I just have one thing to say.

      "Ummm...Audi called, they'd like their overall center console/shifter area design from the A1 back."
        • 4 Years Ago
        What does that say, when someone can (semi) reasonably yell at Hyundai for having interior bits that are too much like Audi's. Wowie, how far they've come.

        And oh by the way is that a six-speed I spy? Well, Hyundai, you've got me as a customer for life if you can get off your ass and make a great manual transmission. You make good transmissions, all things considered, but they should be great. Because I'm such a whore for swapping my own cogs, I'd pay the premium for Honda's manuals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm, the insane asylum called, they'd like you to take your meds..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well this was more of a reference to Top Gear actually :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Futurama is back and it's been airing new episodes on Comedy Central. I'm sure you can find the episodes somewhere on the interwebs.

        Going back on topic, this car looks pretty slick. Any chance it'd be offered here in the US? Or would it eat away at sales of the new Accent? If that's what they're afraid of, maybe they can introduce it as a 5-Door Accent or something? Or maybe a 'crossover' since that seems to be all the rage around here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darn, I was really hoping this would be the Hyundai who's headlamps finally touched the A pillar. Next time!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow that's pretty nice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      From the side i tot it look like 2007-2008 Fit. The rear pillar window they made it smaller but the small window in front near the side mirror they made it bigger. Plus Fit antenna is small while this one is long. 5 door hatch too.the front look so much like Fiesta except the headlight the rear look like Tribeca or RDX taillight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, that interior beat the majority of compacts out. Hyundai's intent on steam rolling all the competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks great. i'm loving the hyundai's latest design direction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news!
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