The Hyundai i20 Active has been spotted testing camouflaged in southern Spain indicating that the manufacturer is looking to launch the vehicle in Europe in the coming months.
The above is a rendering of the vehicle from our sister website IAB.
Hyundai is looking to expand the European i20 range which currently comprises of the hatchback and the three-door coupe versions, with the addition of the Active/Cross variant. The variant of the i20 was launched in Asia in March this year as the i20 Active.
The i20 Active features a rugged look getting increased ride height, plastic cladding around the body and roof rails. The European specification variant, thanks to the extra body work, is expected to feature an increase in length by 10 mm, width by 26 mm and height by 50 mm when compared to the standard hatchback. It may also get an additional ground clearance.
The report goes on to suggest that all-wheel drive can’t be expected and the engines will be carried over from the existing hatchback and coupe versions. As announced last year, a new 1.0-liter T-GDi Kappa turbocharged engine will be joining the 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre naturally aspirated four cylinder petrol engine options along with 1.1 litre and 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engines.
It is also rumoured that a fourth bodystyle could be added called the i20 CW which will be a wagon, and a range topping i20 ‘N’ version is said to be in development with an aggressive design and a powerful engine.
The European version of the i20 Active/Cross could be revealed at the International Motor Show (IAA) in September in Frankfurt, with it expected to go on sale later this year or in early 2016 priced slightly higher than the i20 hatchback.
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