Based on the all-new i20 B-segment car, the i20 blue, a ‘blue’ variant incorporating a number of modifications, enhances the standard car’s already-impressive environmental credentials.
The ‘blue’ package involves revisions to the i20’s powertrain efficiency, aerodynamics and chassis, to deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, without compromising performance, reliability and driver satisfaction.
While the regular i20 achieves notably low fuel consumption and CO2 figures, the i20 blue offers a reduction of 15 percent in CO2 emissions to just 99g/km and an improvement of 15 percent in fuel efficiency, consuming just 3,75 litres/100km.
The i20 blue runs the extremely efficient 1.4 CRDi diesel engine, which produces 90PS and generates 220 Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox – instead of the car’s usual five-speed unit – in which the ratios have been modified in 3rd, 4th and 5th gear. Performance is very respectable in the i20 blue, with a top speed of 176km/h and a 0-100km/h time of around 13 seconds.
The engine’s electronic software, which manages timing, injection pressure and idle speed, has been optimized to deliver low emissions and high efficiency. Engine performance is enhanced by minimizing driveline friction and utilizing high-performance, low-friction engine oil.
The most noticeable change from the driver’s perspective is the application of a Hyundai-specific ISG Start-Stop system. A Bosch product, customized for the i20 blue, this innovation cuts the engine when the car is stationary and the gearbox is disengaged, and restarts the engine when the clutch pedal is depressed. This activity is particularly effective at minimizing emissions in slow-moving, urban traffic.
Advances in aerodynamic drag reduction contribute to the vehicle’s remarkably low emissions and fuel consumption statistics. Ground clearance has been reduced by 15 millimeters, while full-length underfloor covers further enhance aerodynamic efficiency.
The application of Michelin Energy low rolling resistance tires and the subtle changes made to the design of the grille and bodywork also help improve performance.
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