iF Design Awards Honour New Generation i20
The New Generation Hyundai i20 has claimed a 2015 iF Design Award in the Product Category of Automobiles, Vehicles and Bikes.
The motor manufacturer says the title recognises the “distinctive” and “sophisticated design” of its 5-door, supermini class, vehicle.
Hyundai reveals that its appearance has been influenced by a new interpretation of its Fluidic Sculpture Design Philosophy that is characterised by “clean and elegant” lines and a “hexagonal grille”.
The company explains that it paid particular attention to “achieving balanced proportions” and points to the front end and “long bonnet” that create a “powerful stance”. The New i20 also has gloss-black c-pillars to “deliver a unique floating-roof” effect.
Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, said: "It's an honour for Hyundai to be once again internationally recognised in the iF Design Awards”.
He added that: “design plays a core role in shaping our brand and driving consumer purchases of Hyundai cars, so we're delighted to receive such a prestigious accolade from a respected authority”.
New Generation i20 Overview
The New i20 is an easy to live with practical town car. Hyundai claims it has “class leading combined front and rear legroom” and the cargo capacity – depending on the trim – is up to 326-litres.
The engine line-up has been “tuned to optimise day to day driveability” and balances performance with fuel efficiency. Petrols include the: 1.2 75PS (5-speed manual), the 1.2 84PS (5-speed manual and 1.4 100PS (6-speed manual or 4-speed auto). Diesels are: 1.1 75PS and 1.4 90PS (both 6-speed manual).
Furthermore, the chassis has been tuned for European tastes and roads. In comparison to its predecessor, the front suspension has a superior shock absorber valve system to “harmonises ride and handling” for a smoother drive. It also reduces noise vibration.
Safety features include the emergency stop signalling system that flashes the hazard lights when the motorist brakes hard. Its purpose is to prevent the following vehicle hitting its rear.
This complements hill-start assist technology that prevents it rolling backwards on slopes if the driver slips on the clutch, the tyre pressure monitor, and the electronic stability programme that minimises over/under steer. It also has a lane departure warning system that informs the driver when the vehicle wanders off-line.
The New Generation i20 is also backed-up by a 5-year, unlimited mileage, warranty that can be transferred between owners.