The second-generation Hyundai i10 has been around for six years now, and it’s time for a new one. The third-gen city car is set to debut at the 2019 IAA show in Frankfurt in September, and here’s the first clue of how it will look like – an official sketch by Hyundai.
Hyundai says that its next A-segment hatchback will be designed, developed and built in Europe. Compared to the current generation car, which Malaysia skipped (the Atoz-replacing i10 that we know is the first one to wear the badge), the upcoming new i10 will sport a bolder, more dynamic look, which Hyundai says shows a contrast between its soft surfaces and sharp lines.
Sketches all look squat and sporty, but the Korean carmaker says that proportions for the production car have been redefined in width, height and wheel size, for an “energetic and agile look” that Hyundai says will stand out in the A-segment. We remember the i10 as a small and tall car, but the outgoing generation was 80 mm longer, 65 mm wider and 50 mm lower than the original – this footprint is where Hyundai is building from.
The sketch shows a sporty little hatch, with a wide front grille bookend by round foglamps/daytime running lamps. The highly sculpted bumper incorporates triangular air curtains that accentuate the width and stance of the car, besides its main job of improving aerodynamics.
It’s not super clear here due to the angle, but the X-shaped C pillars will be a design highlight, and there will be a pillar-mounted logo as well. BMW X2 style? A recurring theme will be unique triangular shapes that will once again emphasise width and the position of the wheels at the extreme corners. It’s far from slab-sided, that’s for sure.
Design aside, Hyundai will be focusing on connectivity and safety. Available features will include Hyundai Blue Link, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging and a rear-view camera. The carmaker says that the new model i10 will have one of the most full-featured safety packages in its class – Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (with pedestrians detection), Driver Attention Warning and Lane Keep Assist System will be standard, and High Beam Assist will be on the options list. So far, so good.