First glimpse of two new mini-MPVs Hyundai and Toyota to reveal new models in October
06 September 2010
Hyundai and Toyota both announce new mini-MPVs for the Paris motor show. We bring you the first details.
Aside from releasing a single image of the exterior and interior, Toyota really isn’t saying much about the Verso-S at this stage – except that at less than four metres in length it will become the shortest MPV in the supermini category.
We are, however, promised the Verso-S will be ‘an object lesson in space management’, with a practical, flexible cabin environment offering comfort and quality. Presumably Toyota has learnt a few clever packaging tricks from the iQ.
Speaking of the diminutive city car, Paris will also see the introduction of a new iQ interior finish, plus a new multimedia system for the Aygo.
Hyundai’s new mini-MPV is called the ix20, and is based on the same platform as the Kia Venga.
Again, Hyundai is remaining tight-lipped about the new car, but from the single sketch released so far we can see that, like the Venga, it will aim to offer a stylish alternative to the usual boxy people carrier design.
It features Hyundai’s latest ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, and as with the ix35 the ‘x’ in its name is intended to suggest crossover positioning. However, the ix20 is not part MPV, part off-roader – rather an MPV with sporty driving pretensions. We’re intrigued…
In other Hyundai Paris news, the Korean firm will show a revised version of the i10 city car – which includes a new 1.0-litre engine that emits just 99g/km CO2.