Hyundai has revealed the new Ford Fiesta-rivalling i20, which comes exclusively with a mild-hybrid petrol engine.
The sportier-looking new hatch is set to take on the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio.
It benefits from a longer wheelbase, providing more passenger space and a larger 351-litre boot.
Inside, two 10.25-inch screens provide digital instruments and the latest connected infotainment.
The new i20 is powered by a 1.0 T-GDi petrol engine with 100 PS. For the first time, a 48-volt mild hybrid is fitted. It contributes to a 3-4% reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
There is a choice of a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) or a newly developed six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). iMT decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator, allowing the car to enter into coasting mode and save fuel.
The all-new i20 is fitted with a suite of safety functions. The Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) alerts drivers through audio and visual warnings when they are exceeding the speed limit. When combined with the manual speed limiter, ISLA can adapt the speed autonomously.
Lane Following Assist (LFA) automatically adjusts steering to help keep the all-new i20 centred in its lane of travel. There is also blind spot monitoring and an upgraded Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) function that can now detect not only cars, but also pedestrians and cyclists.
The new i20 will make its public debut at the Geneva motor show before going on sale later in the year. Prices and specifications will be announced nearer the car’s on-sale date.