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Hyundai introduces new i20 Coupe

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Hyundai has revealed the latest version of the upcoming i20 supermini – the new three-door Coupe – which the company hopes will appeal to a younger buyer.

This is the first time that Hyundai has created a three-door version of its Ford Fiesta rival that is significantly different to the sensible five-door hatchback. Differences between the two include changes to the roofline and pillars for a more rakish look, along with a new rear spoiler.

Other styling changes extend to a newly designed hexagonal front grille that sits in a new front bumper, plus bold wheel arches, which together give the Coupe more visual punch than its five-door sibling. The three-door also gains the option of unique ‘Tangerine Orange’ paintwork and even matching orange interior trim, plus new 17-inch alloy wheels to cater for buyers who want their car to really stand out.

Despite its sleek silhouette, the Coupe remains a practical car with 336 litres of boot space on offer – surprisingly,10 litres more than the five-door. With just three doors the rear seats in the Coupe are likely to take a back seat on the priorities list, though easy entry front seats which fold all the way forward should make them easy enough to access.

Buyers will be able to choose from four engines initially – two petrols and two diesel motors with power ranging from 83bhp to 99bhp. A new 1.0-litre turbocharged unit will also join the range later in 2015 in 99bhp and 123bhp form. The more powerful 1.0-litre motor should offer a particularly engaging drive, Hyundai claims.

The list of standard equipment is expected to match that of the five-door i20, meaning that buyers can choose from sophisticated options like a lane departure warning system and a heated steering wheel. The new i20 Coupe will go on sale in the UK next year.

Author: Padraig Mallett

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