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New Hyundai ix20 Small MPV: First Official Photos

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New Hyundai ix20 Small MPV: First Official Photos


The first batch of official pictures of Hyundai's new ix20 small MPV have made their way onto the web ahead of the car's world premiere at the Paris Motor Show on September 30. The South Korean firm's Honda Jazz / Fit rival was designed and developed at its European R&D centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

And by designed, what Hyundai actually means (but doesn't say) is that it took the five-seater Kia Venga and made some exterior and interior styling changes. On the outside, that translates to a new face with a hexagonal grille inspired by the ix35 / Tucson SUV, unique tail lights and exterior mirrors, plus new alloy wheel designs.

Similarly, changes to the interior are limited to the trim and the styling of the steering wheel, instrument binnacle, air-condition / audio systems and door panels. Welcome to the wonderful world of badge-engineering.

Like the Venga, the ix20 will be offered in Europe with a choice of 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter diesel and gasoline engines. Sales are expected to start this fall.



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Hyundai previews ix20 subcompact ahead of Paris rollout

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Sep 14th 2010 at 1:59PM

Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design language may be doing wonders on North American-spec Sonatas and Tucsons, but this same design language will make its way across the automaker's entire worldwide lineup over the next few years. We've seen it previewed in the next-generation Elantra and Accent, and now Hyundai has released some preview images of its new ix20 small MPV, set to debut at this year's Paris Motor Show. At first glance, it looks like a teeny-tiny ground-bound Tucson. It's cute, if a bit angry-looking.

We'll have to wait until the Paris show opens up before we get the full details on the ix20. For now, Hyundai is only saying that its new MPV will offer class-leading fuel economy, low C02 emissions and the latest in active and passive safety technologies. Follow the jump for the full details in the press release.

[source: Hyundai]

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- All-new Hyundai mini-MPV to be revealed at Paris Motor Show

- Facelifted version of best-selling i10 unveiled

- Class-leading CO2 emissions for both models

Hyundai will kick off an intensive period of product launches by unveiling two important new models at this year's Paris Motor Show.

First of these exciting new models is Hyundai's new B-segment MPV, named ix20. The ix20 is the second European model to adopt Hyundai's new 'fluidic sculpture' design language which helps differentiate it from the boxy 'minivan' image typically associated with the segment.

On sale from mid November in the UK, ix20 is expected to attract young families with its excellent all-round package: class-leading fuel economy and low CO2 emissions; the latest in active and passive safety technologies; and the company's groundbreaking Five Year Triple Care warranty.

The ix20 will be joined at the show by the facelifted version of Hyundai's best selling i10 city car. The new i10 features comprehensive visual and mechanical improvements, including a new 1.0-litre engine with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. The new version of the i10 will go on sale early in 2011.

Hyundai's Paris show press conference will take place at 16:15 (CET) on Thursday 30th September.



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