Hyundai has unveiled what it calls the most environmentally friendly, conventional-engined vehicle sold on the planet – the all-new i20.

We called the first i20 "one sharply dressed econo car," and this new model gets a family-familiar hexagonal grille and swept-back, cat-eye headlights and fog lamps. Much of the car's profile and rear are carried over from last year's model with the exception of the tweaked taillights and some shiny new shoes.

The biggest news, however, is the fact that four engines will be on tap. On the greenest end of the scale is a 1.1-liter three-cylinder diesel. With about 74 hp, the little oil-burner generates only 84 g/km of CO2. That's pretty impressive considering the crazy-efficient 2012 Toyota Prius C breathes out about 110 g/km.

The downside? The i20 isn't available in the U.S. (Surprise, surprise.) Follow the jump for the full details in Hyundai's press blast.
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Hyundai reveals All New i20 ahead of Geneva debut

Lowest ever CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain: 84 g/km
First image reveals design update, influenced by fluidic sculpture
Five Year Triple Care standard on All New i20

Hyundai has released the first image of the All New i20, ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The new model features refreshed styling, enhanced equipment and the lowest CO2 emissions of any conventional powertrain car on sale today.

Among the four powertrain options available to buyers of the All New i20 will be the 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 ground-breaking new engine will be 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 sees the introduction of fluidic sculpture form language to Hyundai's supermini. The revised exterior design carries 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 have further modernised the 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 remain 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, 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 engine line-up that includes the lowest CO2 emissions for a conventional powertrain, 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."

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      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about NOx emissions? Aren't those typically higher in diesel engines than in gasoline ones?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody else think this and the Toyota Yaris were separated at birth? BD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The old one looks way better than this... The front reminds me of a VW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      3-cylinder diesel is just 76ps? hmmm.. does the engine have any turbo? It would be better if it had one, because the power output, I think, should be about 90ps or 100ps.. I think VW up diesel would prove to more efficient than this one..
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh and the VW 1.2 TDI (also a 3-cyl) kicks out 75PS. Smaller engines don't respond to turbos quite as well as larger ones.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The VW up! is a lot smaller. The i20 competes with the Polo.
      Guillaume Séguin
      • 3 Years Ago
      About fuel economy and co2 emission, I'm not sure the Prius C at 110g is based on EU standards: Prius2 is rated at 105g, Prius3 at 87g and the Yaris Hybrid at 79g. To compare with other diesels, 2012 Mégane 110hp is at 90g and there is a bunch of VW/Skoda/Seat under 90g too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prius c gets 79g/100km, just like Yaris Hybrid. As to this - it is same engine as in Rio... it gets low consumption only if it doesnt have A/C in the car installed. With A/C it gets 95g/100km, and with mid level equipement and A/C it gets 99g/100km, which is... nothing special at all.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugh, so tired of the Hyundai/Kia ******** licking on this blog.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Ignore those posts then. No one want's to hear your stupid rants anyway. It's a win/win for all of us.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, feel free to use miles per gallon when describing the fuel efficiency of cars. Some of your viewers live in the United States of America. And I hope you're not getting bribed to advertise for Hyundai/Kia. Just saying...
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what the Nissan Versa update that should have been.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like the Renault Zoe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just face it, Hyundai has a lot more people liking their cars now a days, their transformation has Been moving at an accelerated rate, some say too fast, But you got to admit that their cars are much better looking and much more reliable today, also one of the most fuel efficient, some thing that Hyundai is doing I wish other company's would do too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Until (taxed) CO2 emissions figure directly into US consumers' buying decisions, only the fewest folks over here will care about the unavailability of technology like this. One could fuel an additional country's transport needs just on what we waste. But clearly, the folks who make the rules must LIKE it that way, but if we follow the money, we see whose interests are actually being served (hint - NOT the consumer).
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