By: Jason Woosey
Rüsselsheim, Germany - Hyundai's new i20 is set to break cover at the Paris Motor Show in early October, but its basic design has just been exposed through these official sketches released by Hyundai. Of course, the usual design sketch interpretation rules apply here so you can expect the finished product to be toned down a tad in the finer details.
Realising just how big B-segment hatchbacks are in Europe, Hyundai got its European design studio in Rüsselsheim, Germany, to once again design the i20.
Though the front end is not too much of a departure from the current model, barring the elongated headlights and larger bottom air intake, the rear end takes a far more radical approach that reeks of European influence. Here the i20 flaunts blacked-out C-pillars that create a 'floating roof' effect of the kind you'd expect to find on a modern Citroën while the Alfa-like pointy taillamps accentuate the sporty rear view.
According to Hyundai, the new i20 represents the latest evolution of its 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design philosophy that we first saw on the new (and SA-bound) Genesis luxury sedan.
That's as much as we're being told about the new compact hatch for now, but Hyundai promises to fill us in on more info closer to its 4 October reveal date.