|Photos by Ulysses Ang and Hyundai Press|
The i20 Cross Sport is built on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design ethos and packs both an elegant and sporty attitude. Among the exterior highlights include projector headlamps and a large front grille giving it a unique presence on the road. The headlamps also come with cornering lamps for better illumination, especially at night.
Packing a 170-mm ground clearance, it can perform better than most hatchbacks and sedans on rough, difficult surfaces. It comes with side moldings and claddings, and skid plates to give an extra layer of protection whenever traversing rough roads or even floods. A front airdam, two tone bumper, and available 16-inch alloy wheels complete the look. Functionally, the i20 can carry more load thanks to its standard roof rails.
Hyundai’s segment-bending vehicle comes with two engine choices: a 1.4-liter Kappa gasoline engine with a Variable Intake System (VIS) developing 100 horsepower and 133 Nm of torque and a 1.4-liter U2 CRDi diesel engine with 90 horsepower and 220 Nm of torque. These engines are mated to a 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmission respectively, with the automatic only available with the gasoline engine. In terms of chassis, the i20 Cross Sport offers stability offered by its Independent MacPherson Strut front suspension and rear Coupled Torsion Beam axle. It also has anti-lock brakes for optimal braking performance even in foul weather.
Hyundai’s value-oriented proposition continues in the interior where the i20 Cross Sport comes with a tilt/telescopic adjusting steering wheel with multi-function controls. It also has rear air conditioning vents as well as power folding door mirrors. The rear seats also fold in a 60/40 split-fold for better cargo carrying capacity. Finally, an available Smart Key with push-button engine start/stop makes fumbling for keys a thing of the past.
For buyers looking to combine the agility and manageable size of a hatchback or sedan with the security of a crossover should look at the i20 Cross Sport. It’s one vehicle that offers the best of all worlds, especially for those who live active lifestyles.
The all-new 2015 Hyundai i20 Cross Sport will be sold beginning middle of this year. More details will be available by then.