Hyundai must be excited about its new European ix20 MPV. In fact, one week after releasing a teaser sketch, the company published official photos of the actual vehicle before its introduction at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Unsurprisingly, the finished product bears resemblance to the rendering. The ix20 wears Hyundai’s corporate Fluidic Design language from head to toe, gifting it a front fascia similar to that used on the latest Tucson (ix35, as the Europeans know it). Lost in translation, however, is the wide stance, flared fenders, and large wheels suggested by the sketch — a pity, too, as it lent the tall hatchback an aggressive look.
For whatever reason, Hyundai has yet to release any physical specifications on this tall hatch. Reports indicate the B-segment hatchback may be offered with a choice of a 1.6-liter, 125-horsepower gasoline I-4, or a 89-horsepower, 1.4-liter unit. Diesel engines are also realistic possibilities (they’re already offered in the i20 hatchback), but Hyundai’s release only says the ix20 will deliver class-leading CO2 emissions.
Expect more details on the ix20 to emerge at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30, but don’t expect the car itself to arrive stateside anytime soon. Company representatives insist this will remain an European exclusive.