Hyundai has focused its attention on renewing its SUV lineup in recent years in Europe, leaving its passenger car lineup a bit behind.
Actually, the i30 and the Ioniq are the only all-new cars launched over the past three years, with the rest of the lineup receiving facelifts. The Korean automaker is now turning its attention to the lower end of the lineup and these spy shots are a testament to that. What you’re looking at is the all-new Hyundai i10 city car undergoing testing in southern Spain.
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You may recall we’ve also caught Hyundai i10 prototypes during testing in winter but those cars looked rather different to this one. According to our photographers, these new prototypes are for the European markets while the cars we saw in winter were for the Indian market.
Though completely covered in camouflage, the 2020 Hyundai i10 looks more modern and sportier than the India-spec prototype. The car also appears lower and wider than the current i10 sold in Europe. The bolder, more athletic stance is also enhanced by the massive hexagonal grille in a honeycomb pattern that dominates the front end.
We can’t say much about the rear end, however, as it’s completely covered with a black cover and there seems to be some padding underneath as well. The interior also remains hidden for now but we can see that the prototype is in a right-hand-drive configuration.
Information is scarce regarding the engine lineup as well but we would be surprised if Hyundai fitted anything else than three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines. The 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three-pot with 120 PS (118 hp) from the i30 certainly looks like a candidate.
Expect the third-generation Hyundai i10 to debut in Europe towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2020.
Photo credits: CarPix for Carscoops