Hyundai Brazil has finally readied the HB20 compact hatchback for launch, and the first question is why does it look so much like a Toyota Yaris?The HB20 is a Brazil-exclusive model, but it will probably end up being sold in other parts of the world like the Far East or Eastern Europe as well. Hyundai is carefully following VW’s footsteps to become the world’s largest auto maker someday.
The HB20 will be offered in nine different versions, and that makes us wonder what would be the enter-level version like if there are eight more models above it. But this is Hyundai, don’t forget. They are always generous with equipments. That’s why even the most basic version of the HB20 comes with hydraulic power steering, dual front airbags, air-conditioning, a spoiler with a built-in brake lights, a rear windshield wiper and storage compartments for all passengers.
The HB20 being a Brazilian car, it also comes as standard with an advanced anti-theft functions. Only in Brazil!
The engine lineup for the Hyundai HB20 include three units: 1.0L and 1.6L, with a manual gearbox and 1.6L, with automatic transmission. All of these powertrains are flex-fuel and equipped with a continuous variable valve timing (CVVT). This is after all an economy model and the focus is on maximum fuel efficiency without using fancy technologies.
The HB20 will be built from September 20 ay Hyundai’s new 69,000 square meters facility in Piracicaba. Sales begin in October.