Hyundai i20

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Hyundai i20
2010-2011 Hyundai i20 (PB) Active 3-door hatchback (2011-11-08) 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Hyundai
Production 2008 – present
Assembly İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)[1]
Chennai, India (Hyundai India)
Matola, Mozambique (Hyundai Mozambique)
Designer Thomas Bürkle[2]
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 1.2 L Kappa I4 (petrol)
1.25 L Kappa I4 (petrol)
1.4 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.6 L Gamma I4 (petrol)
1.1 L U-Line CRDI I4 (diesel)
1.4 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
1.6 L U-Line CRDi I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,525 mm (99.4 in)
Length 3,940 mm (155.1 in) (2008–2012)
3,995 mm (157.3 in) (2012–2014)
Width 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Height 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Hyundai Getz
Successor Hyundai Elite i20

The Hyundai i20 is a supermini car 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 i20 is assembled in Turkey (İzmit plant) for the European market (CKD kits from India)[3] and in Sriperumbudur (near Chennai), India for sale in Asia[4] and Oceania.[5]

The i20 is not sold in South Korea, North America, and the Philippines, as those markets have the Accent hatchback. 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.[6]

A slightly upgraded version of the i20, called the i-Gen 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 is plan to launch in Europe in 2014 Paris Motor Show.[7][8]

First Generation[edit]

Platform[edit]

2012 Hyundai i20 facelift
Pre-facelift Hyundai i20 rear view
Facelifted Hyundai i20 rear view

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.

Engines[edit]

The i20 will debut in Europe with a total of seven engine options and will be having a second car coming in 2 years time with the name of i20 elite, all with four cylinders. Three are petrol, including the recently designed 1248 cc dohc 16 valve "Aditeya" engine, while the rest are diesel engines. Two of the diesel engines are 1396 cc units, one with 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) and 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) and the other a 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) and 220 N·m (160 lb·ft) high power unit. They are joined by two 1582 cc engines having the same dohc and 16-valve top end architecture but delivering either 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) and 156 N·m (115 lb·ft) of torque or 128 PS (94 kW; 126 hp) and 157 N·m (116 lb·ft) of torque.

Hyundai claims that 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) diesel unit can return a class leading 115g/km of CO2 while sipping just one litre of HSD[clarification needed] to go 23.25 km/L (65.7 mpg-imp; 54.7 mpg-US) (4.3L/100 km) in the European combined driving cycle.[citation needed] All diesel engines and 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines come mated to five-speed manual transmission, there is an option of a four-speed automatic for some 1.4 petrol engined models, the 1.6 is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

In the Indian market, the Hyundai i20 is powered by an 1.2L Kappa engine with 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) power at 5200 rpm and 114 N·m (84 lb·ft) torque at 4000rpm. It also comes with a 1.4L gamma gasoline which has 100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) power at 5500 rpm and 139 N·m (103 lb·ft) torque at 4200 rpm, but is mated only to a four-speed automatic transmission. The i20 CRDi diesel has 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) at 4000 rpm and 224 N·m (165 lb·ft) torque between 1750–2750 rpm, and comes with a six-speed manual transmission.[9]

In Australia, the i20 was originally offered as a 1.4 petrol with a $3500 option of the Gamma II G4FC 1.6 petrol engine. The 1.6 makes 91 kW at 6300rpm and 157Nm at 4200rpm. However with the arrival of the new 1.6 powered Accent in late 2011, the 1.6L option on the i20 has been dropped.

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
Hyundai i20 (2009)[10]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 32 88%
Child occupant: 41 83%
Pedestrian: 23 64%
Safety assist: 6 86%

The Hyundai i20 earned from Euro NCAP a maximum 5 star safety rating [11] and scored six out of a maximum of seven points in the "safety assist" category, receiving top marks for its belt reminder and electronic stability programme which minimises the risk of skidding by braking individual wheels.[12] The i20 was named one of Euro NCAP's "top five safest cars for 2009", which was based on Euro NCAP's maximum five star awards and their overall score.[13]

The Hyundai i20 features starts with 6-airbags—for driver and passenger in the front along with side and curtain airbags for rear passengers, whilst the Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which helps to control in slippery surfaces.

Hyundai i20 has got new addition in its safety features like rain sensing wipers and automatic darkness sensing headlamps, central locking, impact sensing auto door unlock, keyless entry along with front & rear fog lamps and advanced engine immobilizer.

Second Generation[edit]

Hyundai Elite i20
Overview
Manufacturer Hyundai
Assembly
  • Chennai
Designer Casey Hyun
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Body style 5 door hatchback
Layout
Powertrain
Engine 1.2-litre Kappa 2 petrol, 1.4-litre CRDi diesel units
Transmission
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,570 millimetres (101 in)
Length
  • 3,985 mm (156.9 in)
Width 1,734 mm (68.3 in)
Height
  • 1,505 mm (59.3 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Hyundai i20

The Elite i20 is the second generation Hyundai i20 produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. It is a premium hatchback and employs the company’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy. It was developed at Hyundai’s Design Centre at Rsheim, Germany. Apart from new exterior and interior styling elements, the Elite i20 also features 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 Elite i20 has 285 litres of boot space, and features a dual-tone colour scheme in the interiors.

The Elite i20 was launched on 11th Aug.[14] in Delhi, India and offered in 10 variants. The nomenclature remains the same- Era, Magna, Sportz, Sportz (option pack), and Asta.

Design[edit]

The design of the car is influenced by the traditional 'hatchback', which has been enhanced by the 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy that the company has employed more recently. The design for the car has been developed at Hyundai's design facilities in Rsheim, Germany.

Some of the design features of the new Elite i20 include - trapezoidal fog lamps, Black C pillar block, wrap around tail lamps, re-worked headlights and the hexagonal front grille. The interiors feature a black and beige dual tone dashboard, multi – steering mounted audio controls, Bluetooth integrated 2 Din audio with USB and Aux-inputs with 1 GB internal storage, rear AC vents, a dedicated engine start stop button, and automatic temperature control.[15]

The Elite i20 also has an Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), two airbags and a reverse parking camera.[16]

Variants[edit]

Ten variants of the Hyundai Elite i20 have been launched in India, the petrol versions of the car are - the Hyundai Elite i20 ERA 1.2 P, the Hyundai Elite i20 Magna 1.2 P, the Hyundai Elite i20 SPORTZ 1.2 P, the Hyundai Elite i20 SPORTZ (O) 1.2 P and the Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.2 P.[17] The diesel variants on offer are the Hyundai Elite i20 ERA 1.4, the Hyundai Elite i20 Magna 1.4 D, the Hyundai Elite i20 Sportz 1.4 D, Hyundai Elite i20 Sportz (O) 1.4 D and the Hyundai Elite i20 Asta 1.4 D.

Marketing and positioning[edit]

In terms of positioning for the Indian market, the petrol versions of the Hyundai Elite i20 will compete with the Fiat Punto Evo, the Volkswagen Polo, the Maruti Swift ZXi and the Nissan Micra. In the diesel variants the car is expected to take on the Maruti Swift ZDi in addition to the Fiat Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo.[18]

Engine[edit]

The Elite i20 is powered by 1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT Petrol Engine and 1.4L U2 CRDi Diesel Engine. The petrol engine produces 83 bhp of power and 115Nm torque. Meanwhile, the diesel engine produces 90 bhp of power and 220Nm torque. [19]

Features[edit]

The Elite i20 is designed with black color C-pillars that adds a sporty element. The new i20 also has wraparound automatic headlamps with dual tone R16 diamond cut alloy wheels. The front deck of the car has a blue and white illuminated cluster with a multi-information display screen. The car also features a 2 DIN Audio system with 1GB internal memory, which can connect to mobile devices with the help of USB and AUX ports. The fully automatic temperature control with cluster ionizer helps the car maintain freshness.

For safety, the Elite i20 features a rear parking camera that is sensitive to the steering angle, curve and steering position to guide the vehicle in reverse. A one-touch function is also present on board to warn lane change intentions as an added safety measure.

Motorsport[edit]

Main article: Hyundai i20 WRC
Hyundai i20 WRC

The Hyundai i20 WRC is a World Rally Car built by Hyundai for use in the 2014 World Rally Championship.[20] It is based on the i20, and was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, marking Hyundai's return to the WRC after a ten-year absence.[21] The car is scheduled to make its first competitive appearance at the 2014 Rallye Monte Carlo, but may compete during the 2013 season to aid development.[22]

The car will be operated by Hyundai's performance division, Hyundai Motorsport from a base in Frankfurt, Germany.[23]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ Euro NCAP 2009/5/27
  12. ^ Hyundai i20 scores top in safety tests motoring.co.za
  13. ^ Euro NCAP announces top five safest cars of 2009 January 28, 2010. CarAdvice
  14. ^ "Hyundai launches Elite i20, priced between 4.9 l and Rs 7.67 l". http://businesstoday.intoday.in/. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
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