Hyundai shows off sleek i20 Coupe

Hyundai i20 Coupe

Hyundai has revealed a new three-door version of its i20 hatchback, called the i20 Coupe.

The new model marks the first time the Korean carmaker has produced a sleek coupe version of its supermini hatchback, which is now in its second generation.

Its aim is to attract younger buyers to the brand with its more sporting image, and steal sales from established European rivals the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo. It will join the newly launched five-door model when it goes on sale early next year.

The new i20 Coupe features a sleeker profile than its more practicality minded sibling, with which it shares its 'Fluidic Sculpture 2.0' design language. Enhancing its sporty image, the Coupe sits 25mm closer to the road than the five-door and is fitted with a purposeful-looking roof spoiler.

It also has unique taillights and a newly designed rear bumper, as well as subtle revisions elsewhere, in a bid to make this Coupe model stand out as something more than simply a three-door version of the regular i20.

Hyundai i20 Coupe

Hyundai i20 Coupe

Amazingly, these stylistic changes have freed up extra boot space, meaning the Coupe offers 10 litres more room than the five-door, at 336 litres with the rear seats in place. Passenger space is on a par with the regular model, too, despite the raked roofline.

Two petrol and two diesel engines will be offered, all of which drive the front wheels through five or six-speed manual gearboxes, with a four-speed automatic available as an option.

Petrol options include an 83bhp 1.25-litre and a 99bhp 1.4-litre, while diesel drivers are taken care of with 74bhp 1.1-litre and an 89bhp 1.4-litre.

A 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor will also join the range in the near future, and will be available in 99bhp and 118bhp states of tune.

The i20 Coupe is expected to reach showrooms in March. Full price and specification details are to be confirmed in the New Year.