Hatch relinquishes controversial lead less than three years after its launch; start-stop system is the only change in mechanics
Less than three years after the launch of the current generation , the new Hyundai HB20 debuts a new look in the 2023 line. Produced in Piracicaba (SP), the compact hatch arrives in stores with radical changes in the front and rear – which were critical points in the previous restyling.
The new face of the HB20 bets on horizontal lines, in an arrangement similar to that of the Volkswagen Polo, which should change later this year . Before, the hatch had triangular-shaped headlights and a large “mouth” positioned just below, following to the bumper. In line 2023, the headlights are rectangular, level at the height of the first section of the split grille. The arrows were positioned next to the fog lights.
At the rear, Hyundai has installed new interconnected taillights, but only the ends are illuminated. The trunk lid cutout has changed, as has the rear bumper, which also receives turn signals.
Hyundai dared to look at the rear of the HB20, which brings elements of the new Tucson – Photo: Disclosure
Little has changed in the HB20 ‘s silhouette , which only received new 16-inch diamond-finished alloy wheels on the more expensive version. The other configurations are offered with 15-inch wheels.
Hyundai took advantage of the change to incorporate the nomenclature of the Crete versions. In the 2023 line, the HB20 will be sold in Sense , Comfort and Limited configurations , with a 1.0-liter aspirated engine with 80 hp and 10.2 kgfm of torque, and a five-speed manual gearbox; and Comfort , Platinum and Platinum Plus , with a 1.0-litre turbo engine with 120 hp and 17.5 kgfm of torque, and manual or automatic transmission, both with six gears.
NEW HYUNDAI HB20 2023 PRICES
|Sense 1.0 MT||BRL 76,690|
|Comfort 1.0 MT||BRL 79,990|
|Limited 1.0 MT||BRL 85,490|
|Comfort 1.0 turbo MT||BRL 93,790|
|Comfort 1.0 turbo AT||BRL 99,390|
|Platinum 1.0 turbo AT||BRL 105,390|
|Platinum Plus 1.0 turbo AT||BRL 114,390|
As standard, all HB20 options offer six airbags (front, side and curtain), stability and traction controls, emergency braking signaling and ramp start assistant. The Platinum Plus version also includes a rear cross-traffic assistant, which helps the driver when removing the car from a parking space. Blind spot monitoring, fatigue detector and adaptive high beam are also exclusive to the more expensive configuration.
The eight-inch multimedia center now offers connection to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wirelessly . Hyundai also installed an induction cell phone charger, hidden below the air conditioning controls, which is digital and automatic in the Platinum and Platinum Plus versions.
Hyundai HB20 2023 now has a digital display instrument panel — Photo: Disclosure
The Platinum and Platinum Plus options also debut the new 4.2-inch digital cluster with integrated on-board computer and remote key start system.
Launched in 2012, the Hyundai HB20 completed ten years in the Brazilian market. Since its arrival, the hatch has always been among the five best-selling cars in the country, reaching its peak last year. According to Fenabrave (National Federation of Automotive Vehicle Distribution), Hyundai registered 86,455 HB20 units in 2021, surpassing Fiat Argo (84,644) and Chevrolet Onix (73,623) by a good margin.
New Hyundai HB20 2023