New Hyundai i20 facelift preps for 2018 launch

Hyundai’s i20 supermini is due a facelift, and this is our first glimpse of what it will look like

Spy shots have emerged of a facelifted Hyundai i20 hatchback being tested ahead of a possible release later in 2018. A Hyundai spokesperson confirmed that a facelifted i20 is “coming” but no timescale is certain at the moment, hinting towards a reveal later this year. When it goes on sale, the revised i20 is expected to mirror the prices of the current model, which starts at £11,605.

The photos show a Hyundai i20 test mule wearing a heavy disguise but elements of the car, such as the roof, remain exposed with regular painted bodywork rather than distracting camouflage.

As you’d expect from a facelift, the overall shape of the i20 hatchback remains with the front grille appearing to be slightly bigger than the current model’s. The back of the car has been extensively covered over but you can just about notice a split rear boot spoiler.

A light blue paint scheme covers the test mule, matched to black wing mirrors - the same colour combination used by the Korean manufacturer to launch its i30 N hot hatch. This i20 test car has also been fitted with a similar wheel design to that found on the i30 N. 

While this mule appears to be the standard car, an i20 N hot hatch is believed to be in the works and ready to emerge in the near future. An Auto Express exclusive on the i20 N in July 2017 suggested that we would see the car in 2018 but the official line from Hyundai remains that no i20 N is on the horizon.

When the facelited i20 arrives we expect the new-look front and rear ends to be accompanied by small engine performance enhancements. Additional extra standard equipment inside and further autonomous safety features are also likely to appear as part of the upgrade package. 

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