Hyundai i20 Coupe is previewed

  •  Design sketch shows style-focused three-door
  •  Launch planned for May 2015
  •  Performance-themed versions likely

The new generation of the Hyundai i20 will get a more stylish three-door version in 2015, called the i20 Coupe, according to a sketch released by the Korean manufacturer today.

Hyundai issued the first images of the five-door i20 last month. It features a more edgy design than previous editions of the car, including a blacked-out C-pillar beyond the rear doors.

Now the company has issued a sketch of the three-door, calling it the 'i20 Coupe' and claiming that the car will 'combine driving fun, a distinctive character and sporty refinement'. The car will have the regular i20's front-end looks but a more rakish roofline, a wrap-around rear screen and different tail-lights.

In truth, Hyundai is able to gamble on the three-door i20 because the bulk of sales will be taken up by the five-door. The Korean brand will hope that creating a funkier three-door edition (and even calling it i20 Coupe) will help to attract more of the types of buyers who often go for three-door editions: younger customers.

We'd expect the i20 Coupe to get the same line-up of engines as the five-door: a 1.2 petrol and three diesels - a 1.1 with 74bhp and a 1.4 with 89bhp or 99bhp. It's less certain if this more sportily-styled edition would get the i10's three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine. However, it's almost certain to be one of the first models to get performance-themed add-ons from Hyundai's newly created N sub-brand.

Hyundai has indicated that the i20 Coupe will follow soon after the five-door's arrival in May 2015.

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