Three weeks after it released teaser images of the new i20 hatchback, Hyundai today released the interior image of the new car, ahead of the global premiere of the car at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.
The all-new i20 will have two digital screens, new colour combinations and bold, full-width horizontal blades across the front interior of the vehicle.
The cockpit of the all-new i20 feels wide and airy. One of the most prominent design features are the horizontal blades stretching left-to-right across a high, prominent dashboard, which contain the air vents. The elegantly-sculpted doors, inspired by shapes found in nature, give it a sensuous feel. Integrated ambient lighting technology allows for a pleasant light at night, and the colour accents match throughout the interior.
The all-new i20 is available with three different interior trims: Black Mono and Black & Grey.
Two 10.25-inch screens for upgraded connectivity
The all-new i20 features two digital screens to accommodate its upgraded connectivity features. Behind the steering wheel is a 10.25-inch digital cluster with a key colour that changes based on the selected drive mode – blue for Normal, green for Eco, and orange for Sport. To the right of the steering wheel, mounted high in the visual centre is a 10.25-inch centre AVN (audio/video/navigation) touchscreen.
Integrated into the AVN touchscreen are a range of new connectivity features never before seen in the i20, including Hyundai Bluelink Telematics. Among these are Hyundai LIVE services, which include real-time traffic and weather data, information about nearby fuel stations including fuel prices and parking spaces, and online voice recognition. Further Bluelink services include Find My Car, remote lock services, navigation to local points of interest, vehicle alarm information, and maintenance reports.
In addition, the all-new i20 is fully compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play, wireless in combination with the 8” Display Audio. A wireless charging pad is available as well.
A new Bose audio system consisting of eight strategically-placed speakers, including a subwoofer, delivers a premium-quality sound.
New i20 a good looker
One look at the production-spec next-gen model confirms that the design sketches weren’t an exaggeration – the new Hyundai i20 really does look sporty on the outside. It’s still identifiable as an i20, but it gets plenty of fresh design elements, following the brand’s 'Sensuous Sportiness' ethos.
It looks more hunkered down, has a new, more aggressive face with LED DRL-lined headlights and the large, blacked-out 'cascading grille' with a diamond-pattern mesh finish. The angular theme continues with the triangle-shaped fog light enclosures. When viewed side-on, the new i20 retains the previous model’s shape and stance, but sports interesting surfacing details, rides on new dual-tone alloy wheels and gets a chrome garnish for the windowline, which curves up towards the rear, appearing to merge into the contrast roof.
At the rear, the large tail-lights grab attention – with angular Z-shaped LED elements in them – and are linked by what appears to be an LED light bar. Other interesting touches at the back include the upper half of the boot lid being blacked out (something we’ve already seen on the Tata Altroz) and a rather pronounced faux diffuser.
All in all, while it is still very much like an i20, Hyundai has pulled out all the stops to give this generation of the i20 an identity of its own. More importantly, Hyundai India insiders have confirmed to Autocar India that, in terms of design, the India-spec new i20 will be more or less the same as the model that will be unveiled in Geneva.