​Hyundai i20 Paris: Hyundai Unveils Exciting Car In Europe

Author: John LesterBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 6, 2014

The Hyundai i20 Paris story is attracting a lot of attention right now for it’s opening panoramic sunroof and other exciting features.

Hyundai unveiled the new i20 at the Paris Motor Show this fall to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Yaris and such. Designed in Europe for the European market, the new car stretches its wheelbase nearly two inches longer than its predecessor (and four and a half inches longer than the knees-in-your-chest Getz) to offer best-in-class legroom and cargo capacity. And that’s not all, but we won’t know all the details until the show.

Hyundai emphasizes that the i20 in Paris is entirely designed, engineered, and built in Europe and tuned for European driving conditions. They made it longer, lower, and wider than the previous model; it rides on the same wheelbase as the Accent models that live at the bottom of automaker’s North American lineup. It’s a bit shorter overall but wider and taller than the Accent hatchback.

Europe bought more than 400,000 copies of the previous i20 introduced in 2008, nearly doubling Hyundai’s market share from 1.5 percent to 2.9 in the B-segment. Styled in Russelsheim, Germany, and built in Turkey, the new i20 pastes the corporate Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 language onto a body only 158.8 inches long, or 0.9 shorter than the Ford Fiesta.

Fifteen-inch base wheels (sixteens are available) mount to a strut front suspension and a torsion-beam rear axle, and the car boasts disc brakes on all corners for autobahn-level stopping power from the claimed 114-mph top speed.

Engine choices start with a 1.2-liter Kappa inline-four making 74 or, in hotter tune, 83 horsepower. A 99-hp gas-burning 1.4-liter can hit 62 mph in a mere 11.6 seconds, according to Hyundai. Diesels in 1.1- and 1.4-liter displacements generate 74 and 89 horsepower.

The transmission for the Hyundai i20 Paris vehicle are a five-speed manual or a CVT, or a four-speed auto with the gas 1.4. And while Hyundai is expanding in the European market, so are the rest.Ford displayed a host of new, refreshed and totally redesigned models this week at the Paris Motor Show.

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