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Hyundai has been working on a new compact MPV based on its 2008 HED-5 concept car, which we have seen testing in prototype form on a number of occasions in the past several months. At this month’s 2010 Paris Auto Show, we’ll finally get to see the production version, which will go on sale in Europe next year as the new Hyundai ix20.
Designed and developed at Hyundai’s European R&D center in Russelsheim, Germany, the ix20 adopts Hyundai’s latest ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language as soon on cars like the 2011 Sonata. This latest teaser gives us a preview of the styling of the new ix20. Compared to the original HED-5 concept, the production version is toned down a lot but still has some of the key design elements, like the swooping A-pillar and aggressive, forward-leaning stance that's not common in the MPV field.
Powertrains are expected to include a 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine with 115 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque on tap, along with a more powerful 2.0-liter unit with 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.
There’s no word on whether a version of the ix20 will be sold in the U.S. but considering the original HED-5 concept was shown at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, it’s possible that it will eventually reach local showrooms.