The Hyundai i20 is a supermini car and compact suv produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 2008. The i20 made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 2008, and sits between the i10 and i30. It is a front wheel drive car, and is available in three and five door versions. The i20 replaces the Getz in nearly all of its markets, though the Getz was not phased out in most of the world until 2011.
The Hyundai i20 uses a completely new platform that was created at Hyundai’s European technical centre in Rüsselsheim to allow Hyundai to move into Europe’s highly competitive subcompact B segment. A 2,525 mm (99.4 in) wheelbase helps endow the i20 with a generous passenger cabin. Suspension follows the supermini norm of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam rear end, with rack and pinion steering.
A slightly upgraded version of the i20, called the iGen i20, went on sale in India in March 2012 onward with tweaked headlamps, new front grille, tail lamps, and fog lamps. It follows the “Fluidic Sculpture” design philosophy with slightly re tuned engines. A new next generation model, known as Elite i20 in India, was launched in India on August 11, 2014, and was launched in Europe in the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The i20 is not sold in South Korea, North America, and the Philippines, as those markets have the Accent. The i20 was discontinued in the Indonesian market in 2012, due to the introduction of the Accent hatchback, which is known there as the Grand Avega.
The i20 is assembled in Turkey (İzmit plant) for the European market (CKD kits from India) and in Sriperumbudur (near Chennai), India for sale in Asia and Oceania.
The second generation Hyundai i20 supermini has a new exterior and interior design, and a new 1.4 litre diesel engine. The car also has a higher ground clearance than before, 170mm as against 165mm of the old i20. The i20 has 285 litres of boot space.
It was launched in August 2014 in India, and in November 2014 in Europe.