Hyundai launched a facelifted model of HB20 in Brazil

Brazil - The Korean automaker has officially launched to Brazilian consumers an upgraded Hyundai HB20 model with the i20 color design.

Although the current sales of Korean cars in the domestic market are struggling, in fact, in overseas markets, the sales of Korean cars are still good, and specific products will also be launched for some markets. A few days ago, Hyundai launched a facelifted model of HB20 in Brazil. The new car adopts a new global design language and is mainly sold to the small hatchback market.

The latest generation of the Hyundai HB20 made its debut in Brazil three years ago and now the facelift comes in response to the growing competition with revisions inside and out. The top-selling model in its segment is in line with the latest Sensuous Sportiness styling philosophy followed by the brand globally and the influence of the i20 and the latest Venue sold in India can be clearly seen. The South Korean auto major has only unveiled the images of the new HB20 and in the near future, the HB20X crossover and HB20S sedan will likely gain similar updates. The front fascia of the 2022 Hyundai HB20 comprises a redesigned front grille and bumper with prominent black inserts while the faux side air inlets are also similar to the i20.

Besides the revised grille, bumper and fog lamps making it sportier than the outgoing model, the Boomerang-shaped integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, tweaked bonnet structure, newly designed 16-inch wheels, and a brand new rear profile add to the flare. The rear boasts new LED tail lamps connected by a thick LED strip covering the width of the vehicle. It more or less adheres to the tail lamp design of the updated Venue compact SUV, which was introduced only a few weeks ago in India. The rear also gains a new tailgate and badging and updated bumper. The interior gains a new all-digital instrument console, reverse parking camera, wireless charging facility, latest BlueLink connectivity, leather and fabric upholstery, etc.

2022 Hyundai HB20 Interior

The differences are less obvious in the cabin, the dashboard with a familiar interface and the infotainment touchscreen up to 8 inches. High-end equipment with electronic technical display cluster, automatic air conditioning, reverse camera, USB port, wireless charging dock, Android Auto / Apple CarPlay connection, remote control feature (Bluelink), voice recognition say, the upholstery is a combination of leather and fabric.

After a poor performance in NCAP crash tests, the upgraded HB20 now comes standard with six airbags, traction control, ESP and hill start assist. Optional features in the Hyundai SmartSense ADAS suite include lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot assist, among other systems.

The improved HB20's engine lineup consisted of two widely used 1.0-litre engines, while the old 1.6-litre was discontinued. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder Kappa MPi engine produces 79bhp (59kW/80PS) and is mated exclusively to a five-speed manual transmission. There's also a more powerful turbocharged 1.0-liter TGDi three-cylinder producing 118 hp (88 kW / 120 PS) that's mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. All HB20 variants are front-wheel drive.

The model is already available to order in Brazil, with prices starting from 79,290 Brazilian Reals (about more than 340 million VND), equivalent to 14,603 USD. Hyundai HB20 rivals in the affordable supermini segment include the Fiat Argo, the upcoming VW Polo Track and the Chevrolet Onix.

Hyundai launched a facelifted model of HB20 in Brazil Hyundai launched a facelifted model of HB20 in Brazil Reviewed by Dang Nhan on July 11, 2022 Rating: 5

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