New Hyundai i10 - a look to when it previewed ahead of Frankfurt show debut
Replacement for strong-selling city car is teased in design image; will arrive in showrooms before end of year
The Hyundai i10 - Hyundai’s city car - is moving into its third generation for 2020, and the first official image of the new car has been released.
Although not confirmed to be an image of the firm's city car, Autocar understands this is the i10 - but we don't yet know if it will debut in Frankfurt in concept form or full production spec.
While only the car's 'floating' C-pillar design is shown in what looks to be a slightly exaggerated digital rendering, we can see the new Volkswagen Up rival's styling will take a step forward from today's six-year-old model.
A prototype spotted a while ago with less disguise on European roads, thought to be the i10, is now in fact believed to be the larger i20. Our reference point for the i10 therefore goes back to images of a heavily disguised mule undergoing winter testing.
That car retained the familiar smaller footprint and upright stance of the outgoing i10 but had significant body cladding, including over the C-pillar, which appears to rise in the same way as the preview image.
Details of the interior are yet to be seen, but the Korean manufacturer is expected to boost perceived quality and introduce more advanced technology, including greater connectivity features, wireless smartphone charging and more active safety systems on top-end models.
Interior space isn't likely to increase significantly, because the current i10 is only fractionally shorter than the latest Kia Picanto, with which the new model is expected to share its platform and mechanicals. Engines are expected to include the familiar 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol units, with a turbocharged 1.0-litre triple likely to make its way over from the range-topping Picanto.
Expect prices to rise slightly to reflect the improvements and changing markets. We'll see more details closer to the i10's unveiling next year.
Though you won’t find any new Hyundai i10’s on the streets anymore - there are still pre-owned and demo i10 models at Group 1 Hyundai, which is as good as it gets.
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