2020 Hyundai i20: 1.0-litre turbo with 48-volt mild hybrid

By CARSIFU | 19 February 2020

GENEVA: Set to be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show in March, the third-generation Hyundai i20 B-segment compact car has an electrified 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain for the first time.

It also has best-in-class connectivity features and the most comprehensive safety package in its class.

It is the first car in Europe to feature Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language, emphasised with its dynamic-looking front and rear bumpers, as well as its new radiator grille.

Its visual stance is improved by its lowered roof (-24mm), wider body (+30mm) and increased length (+5mm), while the wheelbase has also been increased by +10mm.

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It also offers increased roominess and visibility, as it is wider and has a longer wheelbase compared to the previous generation.

This provides increased seating space for passengers in the rear. Boot space has been increased by +25 litres, offering 351 litres overall

Meanwhile, a decreased beltline and a small, quarter-fixed glass window behind the rear door provide drivers with improved visibility.

In the cabin, there are two new 10.25-inch screens, consisting of a digital cluster and a navigation touchscreen, which are visually combined in the dashboard.

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The new i20 also has a wireless charging pad in the centre console, a USB charging port for rear occupants, and is the first Hyundai model in Europe to feature a premium Bose audio system with eight speakers, including a sub-woofer.

Meanwhile, its segment-leading Hyundai SmartSense safety package includes alongside several new features a new generation Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) that now offers pedestrian and cyclist detection for even more assurance on the road, as well as Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC).

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Available Hyundai SmartSense safety and driving assistance features:

[New] - Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC)
[New] - Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LDVA)
[New] - Lane Following Assist (LFA)
[New] - Blind-spot Collision-avoidance Assist (BCA)
[New] - Rear Cross-traffic Collision Assist (RCCA)
[New] - Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist – Reverse (PCA-R)
[New] - Parking Assist (PA)
[New] - Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA)
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) – [New] now with pedestrian and cyclist detection
Lane Keep Assist System (LKA)
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
High Beam Assist (HBA)

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The i20 offers two engines with three transmission choices.

At the top of the range, a 1.0 T-GDi is available with 100 PS or 120 PS.

For the first time, a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain can be applied on this engine, either as an option with the 100 PS or as standard with the 120 PS.

The 48-volt system contributes to a 3-4% reduction of fuel consumption.

The 48-volt system is available with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) or a newly developed six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT).

iMT decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator, allowing the car to enter into coasting mode and saving fuel.

When not mated to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 1.0 T-GDi 100 PS is available with the 7DCT or a manual 6-speed gearbox.

A 1.2-litre MPi 4-cylinder is also available as an entry engine. This offers 84 PS and a five-speed manual transmission.

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