This will be the first time the three-door has been badged Coupe, and signals Hyundai’s intent to give the car some genuine sporty appeal.
This first official image shows how it is taking shape. A more steeply raked roofline marks the car out from the five-door, while a roof spoiler adds a dash of raciness and a long bonnet helps accentuate the assertive stance.
As with the five-door, the Coupe has been designed and engineered at Hyundai’s facility in Russelsheim, Germany, and will be built in Turkey. The engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, but a hot N version is a certainty, and is likely to be fitted with a turbo version of the 99bhp 1.4-litre fitted to the five-door.
An insider told Auto Express: “It will be a warm hatch, rather than a hot one. That is where the sales volume is.”
The suspension settings will be firmed up, and a new colour scheme is being reserved for the cabin.
The company is also using its World Rally drivers to give their feedback on the i20, with Thierry Neuville – who won the recent Rally Germany – having put the car through its paces at the brand’s new testing facility at the Nurburgring.
The Coupe will go on sale in the UK in March next year, following the five-door’s arrival in showrooms in January. The performance version follows in the second half of the year.
More details on the Hyundai i20 Coupe will be revealed at its Paris Motor Show debut.