Any Hyundai prototype getting tested is usually very well camouflaged, so it was something of a surprise to see the 2014 i20 model with very little covering when it was being tested in Southern Europe.
The great interest in the new car had Hyundai playing a little game of hide and seek, revealing more of the next-generation i20 5-door hatchback than ever before.
The removal of the camo showed off the bonnet and the as yet unseen rear end.
The latest i20 spy shots show that the roundedness Hyundai has become known for has somewhat gone, with head designer Peter Schreyer sure to be behind that move.
The Hyundai i20 actually has some similarities to the Kia Rio, especially the thick rear pillars. This comparison is no real surprise given that the two vehicles are based on the same platform.
2014 Hyundai i20 Spy Photos
There are more changes to be found on the bonnet. The i20 hatchback has a longer bonnet that conveys a premium feel.
This is certainly different from the short bonnets usually found in the supermini class.
There is also a tapered off area on either side of the bonnet, which we can only assume is connected to the fender to nose panel line.
The engines that will come with the i20 will likely be the 1.1L and 1.4L diesels from the Rio.
Don’t be surprised if the petrol lineup comes with the first small turbo unit, which will most likely be the Kappa 1.0 T-GDi with 120 hp, developed for use in Kia’s sub-compact cars such as Rio and cee’d.
The new i10 was unveiled by Hyundai last week, ahead of its debut in Frankfurt, with the i20 5-door hatchback expected to be revealed soon after.
It is highly unlikely that that the new i20 will make an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with an early 2014 appearance much more likely.