Hyundai Motion keeps moving with the times

EASY ON THE EYE: Hyundai has expanded its i20 range to include a 1. 4-litre automatic version Picture: QUICKPIC
EASY ON THE EYE: Hyundai has expanded its i20 range to include a 1. 4-litre automatic version Picture: QUICKPIC
Hyundai has expanded its popular i20 range with the addition of a new 1.4-litre engine derivative, fitted with an automatic gearbox.

The new i20 1.4 Motion Automatic takes its slot in the middle of one of the bestselling model ranges in Hyundai’s local product line-up.

The fresh looks and neat design lines of Hyundai’s i20 hatchback model were introduced in the local market in 2015, and it has since been a backbone in the company’s sales that has earned it the fourth position among automotive brands in South Africa.

Power in the new i20 1.4 Motion comes from its Kappa 1.4-litre engine that delivers 74 kW at 6000 r/min., with the torque output reaching its limit at 133Nm, delivered at 3500r/min.

Power is delivered to the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

The 1.4-litre engine delivered fuel consumption of 7.5l/100 km in a combined test cycle, and CO² emissions of 160g/km.

Apart from its power source, the new i20 1.4 Motion derivative shares the specification level of its sibling in the i20 range, the i20 1.2 Motion manual, which is equipped with the smaller 1.2-litre engine that delivers maximum power of 61kW at 4000 r/min, and maximum torque of 115Nm at 4000 r/min.

The distinctive design of the i20 is a creation of Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and was influenced by the latest interpretation of Hyundai Motor’s design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, with the clean and elegant lines, giving it a sophisticated appearance.

The Hyundai i20 features a large tailgate for ease of loading into its boot space of 294-litres, with a convenient wide boot opening.

Standard comfort features in the new i20 1.4 Motion (auto) derivative include:

  • Audio system remote control buttons on the steering wheel;
  • Height adjuster for the driver’s seat;
  • Bluetooth hands-free setup for the audio system and for receiving cell phone calls;
  • USB and AUX connectivity for the audio system, with a radio and CD player;
  • A manual air-conditioner;
  • A steering wheel that can adjust in height and reach (telescopic column);
  • A sunglass holder in the centre roof console; and
  • A remote-locking key.

The i20 has been developed using lightweight, high-strength steel to yield stiffer torsional rigidity. The vehicle rides on fully independent MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a semi-independent coupled torsion beam axle at the rear.

At the core of the i20’s safety features is the strong chassis and body shell, which benefits from the extensive use of advanced high-strength steel. Every i20 is fitted, as standard, with a 4-wheel electronic 4-channel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), as well as Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). Ventilated disc brakes are used on the front wheels, while the rear wheels are equipped with solid discs for the brakes.

The i20 1.4 Motion auto features passive safety equipment to protect occupants, including a driver and front passenger airbag, with front and rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and a lap belt for the middle passenger in the rear. The height-adjustable head restraints provide protection against whiplash.

The prices of the i20 model range are:

  • i20 1.2 Motion (manual) R224 900;
  • i20 1.2 Fluid (manual) R236 900;
  • i20 1.4 Motion (automatic) R249 900;
  • i20 1.4 Fluid (manual) R256 900;
  • i20 1.4 Fluid (automatic) R274 900; and
  • i20 1.4 Sport (manual) R292 900.

Hyundai’s Roadside Assistance for five years or 150000km is a standard inclusion in all the i20 packages, as well as the seven-year or 200000 km warranty. — DDR

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