New Hyundai i10 Design Revealed
Hyundai has released the first pictures of its second-generation i10, the company’s completely-new European A-segment car. Appearing five years after its predecessor went on sale, the new i10 design aims to win over consumers principally in Europe.
The new package is longer (+80mm), wider (+65mm) and lower (-50mm) than its predecessor. Front and rear passengers can expect a combined legroom of 1,890mm, while boot capacity has been boosted by more than 10% to 252 litres with all seats in place.
The revised i10 is based on an all-new platform featuring a 5mm-longer wheelbase and relocated rear dampers that Hyundai claims will deliver more precise wheel control over different types of road surfaces.
According to the European Hyundai design team, led by Chief Designer Thomas Bürkle, the body shape represents a continuation of the Asian car maker’s current design philosophy of ‘fluidic sculpture’.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “New Generation i10 is another significant step forward for Hyundai Motor. Every aspect of the car has been designed and rigorously developed to meet the demands and needs of European consumers. New Generation i10 fully embodies Hyundai’s ‘true value’ proposition, bringing higher levels of features and functionality than many buyers would expect to find in a vehicle of this segment.”
As with 95% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe, the i10 has been developed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The new generation i10 will become the first A-segment Hyundai to also be built in the region.
Set to enter production in September, the new i10 will be made at Hyundai’s factory in Ízmit, Turkey. The annual capacity of the plant, which already produces the B-segment new i20 model, is rising to 200,000 cars, following a multi-million Euro investment in infrastructure in the region. Once the new i10 goes on sale across Europe, 90% of Hyundai cars sold in Europe will be built in the region.
More information will be released ahead of the new i10’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.