WRC Inspired Hyundai i20 Soft Launch


Written by: Wanee Zahari, Mantuka.com

In the new month of March, Setia Motors has finally unveiled an all-­new car ­ the i20 Active. The car is the second in its generation in the Hyundai i20 lineup with the first generation being unveiled back in February 2010.

Rally inspired, the i20 Active wrapped in WRC vinyl was unveiled by the General Manager of Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, Mr James Chin.

Hyundai has chosen the i20 as a base for its WRC model. This is an affordable production car with high-built quality and modern design, and is ideal for everyday use. The hand-built i20 WRC is a bespoke, ultra-performance competition car that is based on the popular production vehicle, but stripped out, strengthened and tuned extensively in all areas.

Donning a new external appearance, the i20 Active is equipped with a new rear wing and a front spoiler to improve its cooling capacities. Underneath its bodywork, improvements has also been made to its suspension kinematics and chassis stiffness.

The car houses a 1.4 MPi gasoline engine, 4 cylinders 16 valves that is lightweight to enhance fuel economy which produces a maximum power of 100ps at 6,000 rpm and a max torque of 13.6kg/m at 3,500 rpm. The four-wheel drive has a 4 speed auto transmission.



On its suspension department, the i20 Active is equipped with McPherson strut type with coil spring on the front suspension, and couple torsion beam axle with coil spring on its rear suspension.
Regarding safety, the second generation Hyundai i20 comes with lane departure warning system (LDWS) where a camera is mounted at the top of the windshield monitors lane markings and alerts the driver if the vehicle departs from the lane without signaling.

It also has Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to ensure optimal braking performance, electronic stability control (ESC) automatically distributes optimum brake force to each wheel based on engine torque and driving circumstances. Vehicle stability management (VSM) enables the vehicle to maintain maximized stability and safety when driving in potential skidding situations.

It is fitted with 6 airbag system which consists of driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags, and front and rear curtain airbags to keep you and the passengers safe in case of collision from any direction. It is also equipped with Emergency stop signal (ESS) where it is useful in the event of an emergency stop, the vehicle automatically flashes emergency lights to alert the drivers behind and reduces the possibility of rear-end collision. In addition, it has power window adjustment controls where all side windows can be raised and lowered remotely. Front windows have a one-touch Auto up / down function.

The second generation Hyundai i20 comes in six colours such as Polar White, Sleek Silver, Mystic Blue, Phantom Black, Earth Brown, and Red Passion.