Hyundai, the Korean automaker, has introduced updates to its small car, the i20, for the year 2023. These updates focus on enhancing functionality, safety, and comfort, while also streamlining the available engine options.
The current Hyundai i20 was launched in 2020, and in mid-2023, Hyundai plans to give the small car a minor makeover, primarily manifested in design changes and improved connectivity features.
One notable change is the redesigned front, which provides a fresh appearance. The Hyundai logo has been relocated from the top grille to the area in front of the hood. The grille itself features a new cut and a different grid insert. The side air intakes now have a more angular design. At the rear, the bumper has been revised, and the car boasts LED rear lights with a dynamic light signature. The refreshed look is complemented by newly designed 16 and 17-inch wheels.
In terms of paint options, three new colors have been added to the range: Lucid Lime Metallic, Lumen Gray, and Meta Blue, bringing the total color choices to eight. Additionally, customers have the option to have the roof contrasted in black. The new Lucid Lime color package adds a vibrant touch to the interior, featuring seats with a textured pattern and lime-colored topstitching.
The connectivity features have been updated to match the latest generation models. Depending on the equipment level, the i20 now includes a 4.2-inch LCD onboard computer, USB-C ports, or a digital cockpit with a 10.25-inch color display. A large color touchscreen with a navigation system and Bluelink telematics services are also available. Other connectivity features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless charging, and over-the-air updates for navigation maps. Furthermore, the LED ambient lighting is now multicolored.
Regarding the available engine options, there has been a reduction in the range. The three-cylinder 1.0 T-GDI petrol direct injection engine is still offered, but only in combination with a 48-volt hybrid system, available in two power variants: 100 and 120 horsepower. The previous base engine, a naturally aspirated 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 84 horsepower, is not mentioned in Hyundai’s communication. However, when questioned, Hyundai Germany explains that the final product range and equipment lines for the i20 facelift have not been determined for the German market.
Hyundai Germany did not provide information on the future of the 204 horsepower Hyundai i20 N equipped with a 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine. They did mention that other variants of the refreshed i20 will be introduced in the third quarter of 2023, offering hope to enthusiasts.
Production of the Hyundai i20 facelift is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2023 at the Hyundai plant in Izmit, Turkey. Pricing details have not been disclosed.
In summary, Hyundai is refreshing its small car, the i20, with updates focused on improving functionality, safety, and comfort. While the range of engines is being reduced, specific details about available variants and pricing are yet to be announced.