Hyundai has just revealed the new i10, the sub-Accent five-door sold in Europe. The diminutive city car first went on sale in 2007, but received a light facelift in 2011, to bring it more in line with Hyundai's then-new styling theme. The new model is an even more style-conscious offering, with a gaping front fascia, integrated LED running lights (because, why not?), and a stylish side strakes integrated into the doors.

The new model is longer (80 millimeters or 3.14 inches) and wider (65 mm or 2.5 in) than the car it replaces, but is 50 mm (2.0 in) lower than the old i10. The result is a purported best-in-class legroom and cargo space, while the lower overall height should lead to a slightly better driving experience. The wheelbase has been stretched an inconsequential five millimeters as well, as part of its move to a new platform.

Hyundai hasn't announced any engines just yet, although we'd suspect the regular suite of three- and four-cylinder engines, with both gas and diesel options will be available. The new i10 begins production in September, and will do battle with A-segment stalwarts like the Fiat Panda, Renault Twingo and Volkswagen Up!.
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HYUNDAI MOTOR INTRODUCES NEW LEVELS OF TRUE VALUE WITH SPACIOUS AND SOPHISTICATED NEW GENERATION i10 FOR EUROPE

- Comfort and safety equipment from segment above with best-in-class space
- Dynamic exterior and interior styling matched to refined driving experience
- Designed, developed and built in Europe, for European consumers

Hyundai Motor Europe has released the first picture of New Generation i10, the company's completely-new European A-segment car. Appearing five years after its predecessor went on sale, New Generation i10 demonstrates significant progress for Hyundai in the segment, possessing abilities and features typically only found in higher segments. Generous levels of equipment, space and functionality, coupled with sophisticated design, refined ride qualities and a quiet cabin, set new levels of 'true value' for Hyundai.

Buyers of New Generation i10 will be offered the highest levels of comfort and safety equipment, with many features more common to segments above. Available equipment such as automatic climate control, heated leather steering wheel and cruise control with speed limiter provide bigger-car comfort, while safety features include standard-fitment stability control and front curtain airbags.

Longer (+80mm), wider (+65mm) and lower (-50mm) than its predecessor, New Generation i10 provides best-in-class legroom and cargo capacity. Front and rear passengers benefit from combined legroom of 1,890mm, while boot capacity has been boosted by more than 10% to 252 litres with all seats in place.

New Generation i10 is based on an all-new platform featuring a 5mm-longer wheelbase and relocated rear dampers that deliver more precise wheel control over all types of road surface. To take full advantage of its enhanced dimensions, New Generation i10 has also been carefully tuned to deliver refined driving dynamics and low noise levels, for an experience close to the standard of B-segment cars.

The European Hyundai design team, led by Chief Designer Thomas Bürkle, has created a dynamic shape using fluidic sculpture, Hyundai Motor Company's design philosophy, to emphasise the new car's athletic proportions and generous external dimensions. The refined exterior is mirrored by a stylish interior that features high-quality materials on key surfaces.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: "New Generation i10 is another significant step forward for Hyundai Motor. Every aspect of the car has been designed and rigorously developed to meet the demands and needs of European consumers. New Generation i10 fully embodies Hyundai's 'true value' proposition, bringing higher levels of features and functionality than many buyers would expect to find in a vehicle of this segment."

As with 95% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe, New Generation i10 has been designed and developed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. New Generation i10 will become the first A-segment Hyundai to also be built in the region.

Set to enter production in September, New Generation i10 will be made at Hyundai's factory in Ízmit, Turkey. The annual capacity of the plant, which already produces the B-segment New i20 model, is rising to 200,000 cars, following a multi-million Euro investment in infrastructure in the region. Once New Generation i10 goes on sale across Europe, 90% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe will be built in the region.

More information will be released ahead of New Generation i10's debut at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt in September.


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      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks great and if it follows Hyundai's continual climb in quality and reliability it will be a hit. The only question is will it come to the U.S. to compete with the likes of the Chevy Spark, Smart Fortwo, if you could consider it a competitor, and Fiat 500. I'm sure I'm leaving others out but why not bring it in?
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only if they offered this here Hyundai has so many car options. I credit Hyundai for offering so many various models for any taste: i10 Accent, sedan and hatch Elantra, sedan and coupe and GT Sonata, hybrid Veloster Azera Genesis Equss
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        Europe and international markets also get a plethora of other models and derivatives. The i40 uses the Sonata's platform and the i20/ix20 which sits on the same chassis as the Accent. Some markets badge the Accent as the i25/ix25, the Elantra is sold elsewhere in hatchback and wagon guise as the i30, and the Tucson is marketed as the ix45 internationally.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd go for this over the Spark with no reservations.
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      woah. but will this have zoom zoom potential like the mazda 2?
      gork
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey, that's kinda cute! Why it looks like a..... Yaris hatchback!
      Sebapolver
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new Hyundai i10 (or how to steal a style resource from all other cars)
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought the iThis and the iThat is a BMW stupid nomenclature...these koreans steal the shirt off your back is if you'r not careful with them If i were BMW I would sue them for i10,000,000 dollars
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
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        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        Mikoprivat and his various troll aliases demonstrating their utter lack of automotive knowledge on the odd occasion they attempt to purvey some of it - just an FYI, Privit, Hyundai have been using this nomenclature for the past seven years internationally.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a frosted dick.
      rebman70
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first glance, I thought this was a Fiesta. How do you say "party" in Korean?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rebman70
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      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a Ford Fiesta, even down to the badge and air slots besides it. I would figure they would tweak at list a little line here and there. Even the headlights have a pulled back at upper edge tear to it.
        dea5787
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        Really? This looks as about as similar to a Ford Fiesta as it does to a Chevy Spark. All they share is the funky small call proportoins.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great job Hyundai, looks like a mash up of a Ford Fiesta and Scion IQ
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      the head lights look like the ford fiesta, but , who I am to compare, alot of cars look a like now a days, and copy each other design.
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