Already launched in India earlier this year, the Hyundai i20 Active has now been spied in southern Spain which means a European launch is being planned.

Already launched in India earlier this year, the Hyundai i20 Active has now been spied in southern Spain which means a European launch is being planned.

Hyundai has showed us so far the five-door hatchback and three-door coupe versions of its new Euro-spec i20, but the range will be further expanded by the addition of a slightly rugged version featuring a jacked up suspension, plastic body cladding and roof rails. Based on the Indian-spec i20 Active, expect its European counterpart to be 10 mm longer, 26 mm wider and 50 mm taller than the standard hatch and will benefit from a 20 mm increased ground clearance (at 190 mm).

Don't expect to find an all-wheel drive layout as the i20 Active (or Cross) will come exclusively with a FWD layout and should carry over the engines from the other two body styles which are soon bound to receive a punchier three-cylinder, 1.0-liter turbo joining the 1.25- and 1.4-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline units and the 1.1- and 1.4-liter turbodiesels.

A potential fourth body style will be a wagon called i20 CW and there's also a range-topping i20 N version in the works with an aggressive body matched by a beefier engine.

The European i20 Active/Cross will probably be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and should go on sale by the end of the year or early 2016 at a price tag slightly higher than the regular i20 hatch.

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