Hyundai's smallest high-riding model has made its debut in European guise at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show.

If the Tucson and Santa Fe are too big for your needs, Hyundai now has a very small crossover taking the shape of a jacked up i20. It's basically the five-door hatch on stilts and comes with plastic body cladding, front & rear skid plates and roof rails to try and look like its bigger brothers. Don't hold your breath for an all-wheel drive system as the i20 Active comes only in a FWD flavor, so it would be advisable to avoid difficult terrains.

This new derivative of the i20 paves the way for a three-cylinder, 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 100 PS (74 kW) & 120 PS (88 kW) which will soon be offered on the regular hatchback and the three-door coupe.

Hyundai will start selling the i20 Active in Europe from early next year and it could eventually be joined by a fourth body style as the South Korean marque is thinking about adding a more practical wagon to take on the Skoda Fabia Combi and the Seat Ibiza ST.

Gallery: Hyundai i20 Active petite crossover tries to look rugged in Frankfurt

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