Six new Hyundai models will make their international debut at this year’s Paris “Mondial de l’automobile”, including this i20. Designed at Hyundai’s European Design Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the new five-door i20 rides on a longer wheelbase than its predecessor model, the Getz. The i20 is due to be launched in Europe towards the end of 2008. New Zealand launch dates haven’t been confirmed, but we are getting the i10 late 2008.
Key modifications to deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption include: full-length under floor covers, a 15mm reduction in ground clearance, changes to the front and rear aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres and high performance, low friction engine oil.
i20 i-blue concept
The i20 i-blue concept is fitted with Hyundai’s all new state-of-the-art 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 90PS and generates 220Nm of torque. To further improve economy, it drives through a six-speed manual gearbox — instead of the car’s usual five-speed unit. With a CO2 output of just 99g/km and a fuel consumption figure of 68mpg, the i20 blue concept sets new standards for the sector.
Santa Fe Petrol-Electric Hybrid concept
Further demonstrating Hyundai’s commitment to reducing CO2 emissions, the Santa Fe Petrol-Electric Hybrid concept maintains the overall design of the existing Santa Fe, yet is an entirely different vehicle under the skin.
Hyundai engineers have developed a new hybrid drive system, which mates the current 2.4-litre petrol engine to a six-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries. The end result? CO2 emissions of just 148g/km and a fuel consumption figure of 44mpg.
ix55 sports utility vehicle
Although not destined for British shores, Hyundai’s seven seat iX55 sports utility vehicle will also make its debut in production-ready form at Paris. Based on the successful Veracruz already on sale in the USA, the ix55 has been extensively re-styled and re-tuned to match European requirements and driving styles.
Other Hyundai premieres at Paris
The new Genesis saloon will also be displayed at the Paris Motor Show. Based on Hyundai’s all-new, rear-wheel drive platform, the Genesis will be shown alongside the Genesis Coupe Show Car. Combining the dramatic looks of the production model, this one-off design study features bare carbon fibre bonnet and roof to reduce weight.