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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      • 3 Years Ago
      Yaris HSD makes 100hp and Auris HSD makes 134hp. This 74hp diesel seems impressive but it is not in the same league with HSD.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lupo 3L reached 81 g/km and is still the best car to date and its with conventional engine. That is measured with the old cycle but its still the best. Anyway very nice car from Hyundai.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another stinking Diesel that will never make it to the EPA's Smart Elite List. Glad it isn't coming to the US. Selling the CO2 score only is like selling the HWY MPG score. I'm sure a whole bunch of people will fall for this. Show the NOX numbers. The Prius C FYI is rated as a PZEV, Bin 3.;jsessionid=c9cc3dfc58827e8932954e282a80f1c3f01b245a0d49a19ce53256d419422864.e3yQa30LbheMe34Mch8OaNmMb310n6jAmljGr5XDqQLvpAe
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want that little oil burner. I don't care how many grams of whatever.
      John Fish Kurmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will you Autobloggers ever learn that the U.S. and E.U. test cycles are very different and you can't simply convert the numbers back and forth? Didn't any of you remember that the regular Prius emits just 89 g/km of CO2 on the E.U. test cycle and wonder how the smaller Prius c could emit 110 g/km? Didn't any of you bother to notice that the production Yaris Hybrid, which is mechanically the same as the Prius c, was revealed the same day as the i20 and emits just 79 g/km of CO2 while producing 26 more horses?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prius C isn't available in Europe. Where is the 110 g/km from? Converting US to EU? They are based on totally different test cycles. The Yaris HSD is rated 79 gram/km. The bigger Auris HSD is rated 89 gram/km. Those are from the same test cycles.
      george costanza
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess if we only concentrated on things avail. in US there would be no blog. it is sad. kick out all denialist obstructionist so we can at least pretend we are still first world and not a bunch of neanderthals.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a diesel, so particulate matter output is much higher then the Prius C gasser.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Since the diesel would come with a particulate filter, how do you know the PM output is "much higher" than a Prius or any other gasser?
        • 3 Years Ago
        There are three petrol engines too.
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