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New i20 Active - rugged crossover for urban adventure

2015.09.15 16:00:00 No. 4836
New i20 Active - rugged crossover for urban adventure

New i20 Active - rugged crossover for urban adventure


  • Combines rugged design with space, style and quality of i20 five-door
  • Highly efficient new 1.0-litre engine now available with all i20 models
  • Hyundai Motor crossover and SUV range broadened to four models

At the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, Hyundai Motor is introducing the New Hyundai i20 Active, a rugged compact crossover for customers with active lifestyles.
Further expanding the popular i20 range, the New i20 Active will go on sale in Europe from the beginning of 2016, joining the spacious, functional i20 five-door and the sporty, individual i20 Coupe. The car’s arrival also broadens Hyundai Motor’s European crossover and SUV offering to four models - alongside the All-New Tucson, New Santa Fe and New Grand Santa Fe – each new or enhanced in 2015.
“With the introduction of New i20 Active, we further diversify our offer in the B-segment with an attractive crossover model,” explains Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “In 2015, our entire crossover and SUV line-up has been renewed, as part of our youngest ever model range in Europe. And with the introduction of our 1.0-litre turbocharged engine, we further enhance our customer proposition in the European B-Segment.”
  1. Design
  • New Hyundai i20 Active’s rugged crossover design enhances appeal and increases versatility
  • Over half of exterior parts differ from standard i20 model
  • Higher seating position adds to comfort and aids visibility
The distinctive and rugged crossover design of the i20 Active sets it apart from conventional B-segment models. While the new car is based on the i20 five-door – sharing its expansive space, comfort and quality – over 50% of the exterior parts are unique to this model.
To give the i20 Active a characteristic crossover stance, revised suspension settings elevate the body of the i20 Active by 20 mm compared to the i20 five-door. The seating position is also raised, placing the driver higher within the car. The result makes ingress and egress more comfortable, as well as offering superior visibility while driving.
Underlining the i20 Active’s adventurous appeal are the unique front and rear bumpers with integrated skid plates, which offer additional protection when driving away from public roads. Round fog lamps are integrated at the front and rear, with an exclusive rear spoiler adding to the i20 Active’s appeal.
The rugged appearance is further enhanced by bold side skirts and side cladding to complement the robust wheel-arch mouldings. Moving to the top of the car, a set of silver roof rails complement the crossover’s stance, adding essential practicality.
Other details that set i20 Active apart from its siblings include a reverse treatment of the signature Hyundai hexagonal grille in high-gloss black with chrome surroundings, a fuel cap cover in silver finish and newly designed 17-inch wheels.
The interior benefits from the superior space, comfort and quality of the i20 five-door, with greater ergonomics from the heightened driving position and further design enhancements. Unique metal pedals present a robust and high quality appearance, while Tangerine Orange interior color applications expand the personalization options. Also exclusive to the i20 Active is the Morning Blue exterior color, a distinctive option for those wanting a bespoke finish.
“The New i20 Active’s rugged design and crossover features target young urban customers with active lifestyles,” says Raf Van Nuffel, Head of Product Management at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The higher stance and the bespoke design enhancements express the car’s adventurous spirit without compromising the spaciousness and comfort of the i20 5-door version.”

  1. Engines
  • New efficient 1.0-litre T-GDI engine introduced for all new i20 family
  • Three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine with 100 PS and 120 PS
  • First of the new generation in-house developed small petrol turbo-charged engines for Europe
Coinciding with the arrival of the i20 Active comes the introduction of a new engine for the i20 family. Focused on dynamic and efficient driving, the new Kappa 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder turbocharged direct injection engine will be available across all i20 body types from the end of 2015.
The 1.0-litre T-GDI engine is available in two power outputs. The standard-power 100 PS version is tuned to maximize fuel economy and focuses on comfort, while the high-power 120 PS unit has been developed to facilitate more spirited driving without sacrificing efficiency.
“The new 1.0-litre T-GDI is a perfect fit for the i20 family,” states Dr. Michael Winkler, Head of Powertrain at Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Center in Rüsselsheim. “A downsized 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine with direct gasoline injection and a matched compact turbocharger with electrical wastegate actuator offers customers not only fuel economy but also driving pleasure.”
These new fuel efficient 1.0-litre T-GDI engines, which achieve up to 4.6 l/100 km* and CO2 emissions as low as 106 g/km* in the New i20 Active, are the first of the new generation of newly-developed small, turbocharged power plants tuned for Europe. Hyundai Motor’s European Technical Center in Germany played a key role in the engine’s research, development, engineering and testing, specifically for use on European roads.
The new engine features highly efficient combustion and dynamic performance to fulfill Hyundai Motor's dedication to implementing downsizing as a fuel saving technology. The standard 100 PS version and the high power 120 PS version both deliver a peak torque of 171.6 Nm at 1,500 rpm providing a perfect combination of dynamism and efficiency.
A turbo charger with electric waste gate actuator improves fuel efficiency by lowering pumping losses as well as improving throttle response and low-end torque. An optimized split-cooling concept for the cylinder head and block brings engine refinement by reducing friction.
To keep the engine unit as small as possible, the exhaust manifold is integrated within the cylinder head and can therefore be cooled efficiently using the cylinder head water cooling system. These efforts result in faster warm-up of the catalyst and ultimately, in improved real-world fuel consumption and emissions.
The i20 Active will also be available with a 1.4-litre Kappa engine. The 1,368 cc four-cylinder gasoline engine delivers 100 PS and 134.4 Nm of torque.
As an alternative to gasoline, 1.4-litre U II diesel engine comes as an option for the i20 Active, just as it does for the i20 five-door and i20 Coupe. This 90 PS diesel engine delivers fuel economy of up to 4.2 l/100 km* and CO2 emissions as low as 110 g/km*.
*Preliminary technical data

  1. Connectivity
  • TomTom LIVE services available for all i20 models from the end of 2015
  • LIVE package includes: Real-time traffic updates, weather, POI (Points of Interest) search, and speed camera warnings in selected countries
  • Industry-leading seven-year free subscription to LIVE services saves users around €50 a year
The New i20 Active keeps customers connected, safe and informed while on the move. TomTom LIVE Services are available in all i20 models from November 2015 onwards and can keep drivers informed, in real time, of traffic conditions and local weather, while also flagging up Points of Interest and, in selected countries, the locations of speed cameras.
The bundled LIVE Services boast a free, industry-leading seven-year subscription (many other manufacturers typically offer the same service for just two years). Added value is ensured when the typical annual subscription fee to TomTom LIVE Services – around €50 a year – is considered.

  1. Four crossover and SUV models boost Hyundai Motor brand in Europe
  • New Hyundai i20 Active adds to Hyundai Motor’s crossover SUV range
  • All four new or enhanced in 2015, designed and developed in Europe
  • B-segment is key to Hyundai Motor’s ongoing growth in the region
Hyundai Motor’s crossover and SUV range now consists of four models, each new or enhanced in 2015. New i20 Active accompanies the All-New Tucson, New Santa Fe and New Grand Santa Fe, continuing the brand’s strong tradition of producing SUVs for the European market.
Having sold more than one million SUVs since the launch of the Santa Fe in 2001, Hyundai Motor is well accustomed to European motorists’ appetite for rugged, capable and stylish cars. Expanding the SUV and crossover range into the growing B-segment is a strategic business decision that aims to contribute to 100,000 i20-family sales each year.
Like its siblings, the i20 Active has been designed and developed in Europe to cope with the demands of quality, refinement and reliability expected across the European market. The i20 Active will be produced alongside the i20 family at Hyundai Assan Otomotiv Sanayi (HAOS) plant in Izmit, Turkey.

  1. Technical specifications
All technical information is preliminary and subject to change.

Body and chassis
Five-door, B-segment hatchback, with high-strength steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of three gasoline and one diesel transversely-mounted engines driving the front wheels via a five and six-speed manual transmission.
Engines / Gasoline

1.0-litre T-GDI, 100 PS
Type Kappa, 3 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT
Capacity 998 cc
Bore x stroke 71.0 x 84.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.0
Power 100 PS @ 4500 rpm
Torque 171.6 Nm @ 1500 rpm
Maximum speed 176 km/h
0-to-100 km/h acceleration 10.9 seconds
Fuel consumption combined 4.6 – 4.8 l/100 km*
CO2 combined 106 - 111 g/km*
*Depending on trim and tyre specifications. 

1.0-litre T-GDI, 120 PS
Type Kappa, 3 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT
Capacity 998 cc
Bore x stroke 71.0 x 84.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.0
Power 120 PS @ 6000 rpm
Torque 171.6 Nm @ 1500 rpm
Maximum speed 183 km/h
0-to-100 km/h acceleration 10.3 seconds
Fuel consumption combined 5.0 – 5.2 l/100 km*
CO2 combined 116 - 121 g/km*
*Depending on trim and tyre specifications.

1.4-litre, 100 PS
Type Kappa, 4 cylinders in line, DOHC, with dual CVVT
Capacity 1,368 cc
Bore x stroke 72.0 x 84.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.5
Power 100 PS @ 6000 rpm
Torque 134 Nm @ 3500 rpm
Maximum speed 178 km/h
0-to-100 km/h acceleration 11.9 seconds
Fuel consumption combined 5.6 – 5.8 l/100 km*
CO2 combined 129 - 135 g/km*
*Depending on trim and tyre specifications.
Engines / Diesel

1.4-litre, 90 PS
Type U-II, 4 cylinders in line
Capacity 1,396 cc
Bore x stroke 75 x 79 mm
Compression ratio 16.0
Power 90 PS @ 4,000 rpm
Torque 240 Nm @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm
Maximum speed 170 km/h
0-to-100 km/h acceleration 12.3 seconds
Fuel consumption combined 4.2 – 4.3 l/100 km*
CO2 combined 110 - 115 g/km*
*Depending on trim and tyre specifications.

  Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.4
(100 PS)
1.0 T-GDI
(100 PS)
1.0 T-GDI
(120 PS)
(90 PS)
Manual – speeds 6 5 6 6
Gear ratios

  Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.4
(100 PS)
1.0 T-GDI
(100 PS)
1.0 T-GDI
(120 PS)
(90 PS)
1st 3.769 3.615 3.615 3.636
2nd 2.045 1.955 1.955 1.962
3rd 1.370 1.207 1.286 1.257
4th 1.036 0.893 0.971 0.905
5th 0.893 0.703 0.794 0.723
6th 0.774 - 0.667 0.633
Reverse 3.700 3.636 3.700 3.583
Final drive 4.400 4.059/3.833 4.267 3.941
Suspension and damping

Front Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.
Rear Semi-independent coupled torsion beam axle with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers.

Type BLAC-MDPS (motor-driven power steering) electric power-assisted rack and pinion
Gearing 2.7 turns lock-to-lock

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