Hyundai has revealed a facelifted version of its i20, handing the popular hatchback the brand’s latest family face as well as a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The five-door i20's front end now features the Korean automaker's so-called “cascading grille”, along with redesigned front bumpers. Round back, you’ll find updated bumpers and tail-lamps, while the tailgate has been reworked to integrate the numberplate.
New 15- and 16-inch alloy wheel designs have also been added, as has the option of a panoramic sunroof. Both the standard i20 hatchback and the faux-crossover Active derivative available in some markets can now be had with a “Phantom Black” roof, resulting in a two-tone paint effect. Inside, there are also fresh colour options, with new hues applied to an inlay that runs the width of the dashboard and around the door handles (although standard black can still be specified).
In overseas markets, the revised Hyundai i20 will be offered with a choice of four different audio systems: a 3,8-inch screen, a 5,0-inch monochrome screen, a 7,0-inch display audio (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) or a 7,0-inch infotainment system that integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features.
And under the bonnet? Well, in Europe there will be a choice of three petrol units. The first is a 1,0-litre T-GDI engine that will be offered in two states of tune (74 kW with a five-speed manual and 88 kW with a six-speed manual). Both, however, can also be matched with that new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Then there’s the Kappa 1,2-litre mill, which is also available in two different outputs (55 kW and 62 kW), both mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard. Finally, the i20 Active comes with Hyundai's Kappa 1,4-litre engine generating 74 kW and paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The updated i20 range is scheduled to launch in South Africa late in May 2018, although local derivatives have yet to be confirmed.