Hyundai Motor is taking the wraps off the new ix20 at 2015 Geneva Motor Show. This latest offering by Hyundai comes with excellent technology and impressive design to attract customers. Hyundai has enjoyed splendid sales of this model since it was launched in 2010. In fact, the ix20 account for 9% in the sales of multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in Europe. The car is to become even more popular with the cosmetic tweaks and the powertrain enhancements that the company has brought about.
Head of Product Management at Hyundai Motor Europe, Raf van Nuffel, says that the car maintains the spaciousness and versatility of original model. At the same time, the car makers have added new touches to its design. Technology has been upgraded, thus making the vehicle more appealing to European customers.
The refreshed features start from the front, with the restyled bi-function projector headlights. The hexagonal grille too, boasts a new design. Two options are available for the grille. The first one is the bar-type grille and the other one is mesh-type. The former features horizontal chrome bars. Yet new modification in the exterior is 15-inch wheel with new design for wheel cover. Customers who prefer sportier looks can go for bigger wheels – 16-inch and 17-inch alloys. The rear features LED combination lamps. For enhancing the efficiency, the ix20 Blue Drive will come with a management system called Stop & Go.
Coming inside the cabin, the features are as good as before. The company offers the same roominess and versatility in the interior. The car’s length is 4115 mm and the wheelbase of 2615 mm is quite long, considering the car’s class. A high roofline (1600 mm) ensures even more space. Such characteristics are usually seen in large vehicles in the C-segment. The cabin is thus more or less the same and carries on from the previous model. What is new is the entertainment system. It has been updated to include a couple of new features. The car comes with Bluetooth, iPod and also AUX/USB connectivity. The platform My Music comes with the storage space of 1 GB. Hyundai is offering a panoramic dual-panel glass sunroof as an option.
The cargo space is 440 liters when the rear seats are up. With the seats folded down, the total cargo space amounts to 1,486 liters. The safety kit that comes as standard on the car includes- EBD, six airbags, ABS and ESP.
Under the hood, customers are offered two petrol engines and two diesel engines. In the Gamma petrol engines, the first one is the 1.4-liter unit which is CVVT-equipped. The power output of this one is 90 PS and it delivers a torque of 137 Nm. It is accompanied by five-speed manual gearbox. The second of the two petrol engines is the 1.6-liter unit that churns out 125 PS power and 156 Nm torque. It is mated to either of the two- six-speed automatic or six-speed manual.
Coming to the diesel engines, these are available in two states of tune. In the 1.4-liter unit, the power and torque outputs are 77 PS and 240 Nm. This is the output in the mildest state. Another one is the 90 PS, while the torque figure is the same. In both the cases, six-speed manual is the only option.
The other diesel unit is the 1.6-liter one that gives 115 PS – that is for the entry-level format. It will deliver 128 PS while in the highest tune. In this case too, there is a single option for the gearbox – six-speed manual transmission. Also, the torque figure remains 260 Nm for both if these cases.