The city car was the runaway success of last year’s scrappage scheme – finding an incredible 24,577 homes.
Now it has gone under the knife and our exclusive pictures reveal exactly what it’ll look like.
Issued by the Korean manufacturer’s global PR team to mark the mayor of Seoul’s first drive in an electric prototype of the car, they reveal for the first time what the popular i10 will look like when it hits our streets in January.
The front end has been dramatically reworked with smart headlights that mimic the recent ix35 SUV. The grill features a larger Hyundai badge and the front bumpers have deep air scoops for more on-the-road presence.
What you can’t see is a reworked interior and the rear end that has been given equally dramatic light upgrades.
If you ignore the stickers on the side, the pictures give a very clear indication of what the new i10 will look like. In fact, we’re willing to wager it’ll be exactly the same.
The new i10 will feature upgraded engines with more power and lower emissions, all of which will meet tough Euro 5 regulations.
There will also be a 1.0-litre engine option that emits 99g/km – crucially making it eligible for free road tax and, if Boris Johnson gets his way, congestion charge exemption.
by James Baggott