HYUNDAI’S 2016 WRC challenger has been shown in public for the first time at the Frankfurt International Motor Show this week.
The second-generation i20 is expected to debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo in January, but has been undergoing testing for the past few months.
It had been planned originally to appear in the latter part of this season and with three-door bodywork, but Hyundai Motorsport later deferred the launch to 2016 and switched to a five-door shell following delays in producing the three-door road car.
The all-new i20 WRC should give Hyundai a stronger shot at the championship, which it rejoined in 2014 after an 11-year hiatus. The team has recorded only one win so far, in Germany last year.
However, the new i20 is likely to appear in this form for only one season – the FIA has approved wider, wilder and lighter bodywork with the introduction of new technical regulations from 2017.