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Hyundai i20 gets sharper nose and rump

Hyundai’s successful B-Segment hatchback, the i20, has been treated to a nose job and a rear nip-tuck.

It adopts the Korean automaker’s “fluidic sculpture” design philosophy, seen on their latest breed of models like the Sonata, ix35 and i30.

Up front, the newly-designed clusters are sharper and resemble a feline’s eyes, with a slim grille akin to a sly grin dominating the i30’s face. Its fog-lights are in the shape of a sandwich that’s been cut triangularly.

There are three models in the range; the i20 Glide, the i20 Fluid and the i20 Fluid Automatic.

 A 1.4-litre engine with an output of 74kW and 136Nm of torque powers the entire range. Instead of a standard 5-speed manual transmission, which the model it replaces had, this new i20 has a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Inside, the dashboard has been tweaked and new glossy inserts have been incorporated for a more premium feel. The rear centre seat now gets a three-point inertia-reel seatbelt, replacing the ancient lap belt that featured in the outgoing i20.

They’ve also thrown in new features, like Bluetooth connectivity, rear park assist as well as audio controls on the steering wheel.

Pricing starts off at R164 900 for the Fluid manual and R174 900 for the Fluid Automatic. You’ll pay R176 900 for the Glide Manual.

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Date Published: 2012/08/16
Author: Staff Reporter