Facelifted Hyundai ix20 makes Geneva debut

A new updated version of the Hyundai ix20 has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, complete with new engines, kit and an updated exterior.

New updates for the facelifted ix20 mini-MPV includes the addition of newly-designed projector headlights and LED rear combination lamps, plus a refreshed version of Hyundai’s signature grille.

Spacious, practical and good-looking

Two grille options are available depending on trim, a mesh grille cover or bars with chrome finishing, while buyers can also specify a new cover design for the 15-inch wheels, plus optional 16- or 17-inch alloys.

Nine exterior colours are now available, including a choice of one solid, six metallic and two pearl paint finishes, while the interior can be specified in black or two-tone beige with cloth upholstery.

Structurally, the new ix20 is the same as the previous model, and as a result Hyundai says that it retains all the same space and versatility thanks to its unusually long 2,615m wheelbase.

“New ix20 retains the versatility and roominess of the original model,” said Hyundai head of product management Raf van Nuffel, “while refreshing its design and adding technological enhancements, increasing appeal to a wider range of buyers in Europe.”

A high roofline allows a spacious and practical interior, while there’s outstanding front seat room which rivals the space offered by many larger C-segment vehicles and people carriers.

The new ix20 can also be specified with an optional tilting and sliding dual-panel panoramic glass sunroof, while it also features a class-leading 440-litre boot, which can expand to as much as 1,486 litres.

In terms of kit, the refreshed ix20 comes well equipped with a heated steering wheel, plus a new generation audio system with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, plus USB and AUX connections.

The audio system also features an integrated My Music hard-drive, which allows drivers to store up to 1GB of music on it, along with six airbags and an array of safety systems fitting as standard.

Euro6 compliant engines

Hyundai now also offers the ix20 with a new six-speed automatic transmission, while each of its engine options have been enhanced to improve drivability, better efficiency and meet Euro6 emissions standards.

In order to further optimise eco-friendliness, ix20 Blue Drive models now feature integrated stop-start technology, low rolling-resistance tyres and an ‘active air flap’ in the grille to reduce drag.

Prices for the new Hyundai ix20 have yet to be announced, but the updated version is due to go into production in May at the manufacturer’s plant in the Czech Republic.