Hyundai has announced the new i20 Active for Europe. It’s essentially just a rugged variant of the i20 hatchback and will be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA). Additionally, the company will be showcasing the Hyundai N sub-brand, facelifted 2016 Santa Fe and the Vision G concept among others at the show.
Dubbed as a compact crossover by the carmaker, it is set to join the i20 five-door hatchback and the coupe versions in the European line-up. It features added versatility with a distinctive design for customers with an adventurous lifestyle. It has become a common practice by automakers to title hatchbacks as crossovers by some little modifications such as added ground clearance, some plastic cladding over the exterior and other minor visual changes that show ruggedness. And with the i20 Active, Hyundai too has become one of them.
The i20 Active features a rugged look with the addition of plastic cladding on the bumpers and side sills. Silver look scuff plates have also been added to both the front and the rear bumpers to enhance appeal. It will sit higher above the ground with an addition of 20 mm to the ground clearance when compared to the standard variant.
Hyundai has also announced a new 1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged engine for the i20 range. The new engine will be offered in two states of tune – 100 PS (98 hp) and 120 PS (118 hp) and will become available by the end of this year.
The German motor show will also host debut of the facelifted 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe. The facelift brings mild design updates, upgraded interior quality along with addition of safety systems like Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control and High Beam Assist.
The Hyundai Vision G Coupe Concept will have its European debut at the show. The South Korean automaker has also announced that it will introduce Android Auto smartphone integration feature in Europe in November this year and the i40 will be the first model to receive it.
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