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2010-09-15 06:53

Hyundai’s new iX20, is it a mini-MPV or a taller hatchback? Whatever it is, Hyundai plans to market it before the end of the year.

The Paris auto show is only three weeks away and instead of some outrageous and irrelevant concept, Hyundai’s show-stoppers are two new i-series models.

South Korea’s largest automaker will show its facelifted i10, which gains the company’s new grille treatment – first seen on the iX35.

The i10’s new face features a huge honeycomb lower grille. Beyond a facelift of Hyundai’s city car, the company’s also introducing its iX20 - a mini-MPV... of sorts.

Bringing the MPV concept home

Seeing as French manufacturers essentially perfected the MPV's popularity (Espace, Scenic, Grand Scenic, Berlingo), it's quite apt that Hyundai is introducing its latest take on family-friendly motoring at the Paris show.

It's based on the i20 platform and powered by a range of four engines in two capacity classes offering both petrol and diesel fuelling.

If you're familiar with Kia’s international product offering, well, the iX20 is based for all intents and purposes on the Hyundai twin-brand's Venga.

Kia’s mini-MPV is 110mm taller, 55mm wider, 128mm more substantial bumper-to-bumper and sports a 75mm more generous axle spacing than the series i20 hatchback. Expect the iX20 to be similarly larger, reflecting its MPV utility billing.

Both 1.4 engines produce 66kW; the 1.6s tally 91 and 94kW, with the iX20's turbodiesel derivative the more powerful.

Hyundai says it will market a special low-emissions version of its new MPV called the iX20 Blue, recording a CO2 rating of 114g/km and boasting claimed overall consumption of 4.3 litres/100km.

The iX20’s frugal engines will leave a negligible emissions footprint (reducing cost of ownership) and for family-conscious buyers (as all MPV customers are) there is a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, too.
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