What does the Hyundai ix20 have to offer to those who might want a bigger car? Quite a bit, actually. Find out more inside.

Hyundai pulled back the curtain on the new Hyundai ix20 small MPV in Paris this week.  The European model entered production at the company's plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic, following a development phase at the Hyundai Europe HQ in Russelsheim, Germany.

The automaker will try to lure in a large amount of customers on the basis of the ix20's five-star crash rating and four different available Euro V-compliant engines.  These include two petrol and diesel units that range in power from 76 hp (57 kW, 77 PS) to 124 hp (92 kW, 125 PS).  Both an automatic and manual transmission will be offered.  Stop/start will be included on all engine and gearbox combinations, except one, helping to keep emissions low.  One model, a 1.4-liter U2 diesel, has been said to give out 114 grams of CO2 per kilometer, qualifying it for tax breaks in some European markets.

"We are optimistic about the future of our new B-segment MPV and have set an ambitious but achievable sales target of 55,000 units annually for the ix20," said Hyundai Europe VP Allan Rushforth.  "The MPV segment has been experiencing a tough time of late, but we are confident that the launch of the ix20 will help to increase Hyundai's overall sales volume and market share in Europe."

The automaker will position the Hyundai ix20 as an alternative to larger, more expensive MPVs.  Despite its 4.1-meter length, the car has a relatively long 2.6-meter wheelbase.  Combined with its 1.6-meter high roofline, Hyundai says the car will have a similar amount of cabin space as the next class in vehicles.

"Taking into account the current trend for European motorists to downsize, we expect many C-segment MPV owners will be tempted by the ix20," Rushforth said.

You can find out more about the Hyundai ix20 in the press release below.

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