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Hyundai i20 news — One in the i for Hyundai - 2008
We like Hyundai’s i’s. The i10, i30, even that monster
i800, they’re all good cars.
Which is why we’ve got high hopes - OK, not high hopes
exactly, maybe reservedly ambitious hopes - for this, the i20.
Set to replace the Getz (you’ll get over it
eventually, honest), the i20 is set to be officially launched at the Paris
motor show in a month’s time before going on sale in the UK early next year.
The i10 sits on an all-new platform, and has a longer
wheelbase than the Getz, which should spell good news for handling in a tough
class dominated by the Clio, Corsa, and soon-to-be-launched Fiesta.
Though we’ve not had final confirmation of engines,
we’re expecting 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrols, along with a 1.4-litre diesel.
That’ll soon be followed by a greener ‘i-Blue’ 89bhp diesel model, which’ll
emit just 99g/km of CO2.
Also in the not-too-distant pipeline is a three-door
i20. We’re told prices will start at around £8,000, with a £1,000 premium on
top for the five-door.
Along with a
petrol-electric hybrid Santa Fe, Hyundai will also unveil a ‘luxurious
seven-seat sports utility vehicle’ in Paris. It’ll be called the ix55, and
it’ll probably be pretty good. It’s got an ‘i’ in the name, see.