Frankfurt LIVE: Hyundai i10 supermini

The entry-level i10 will not be offered in the United States.

Hyundai has lifted the veil off of the second-generation i10 supermini at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model, the second-gen i10 was largely developed at Hyundai's European headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, in order to take on the Volkswagen up! and its SEA and Škoda-badged siblings. An evolution of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language gives the i10's front end a friendly face while the back end is characterized by a gently sloped D-pillar and rounded tail lamps.

Interior pictures are not available but Hyundai claims that the bigger dimensions have freed up a noticeable amount of passenger space. The i10 boasts 8.8 cubic feet of trunk space with the rear seats left up, a 10-percent improvement over the first i10 and a respectable amount for a supermini.

In an effort to shake the i10's Spartan image and move it up a notch on the market, Hyundai offers the new model with automatic climate control, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and cruise control.

A full set of details about the 2014 Hyundai i10 will be published in the weeks leading up to its debut in Germany. The Turkish-built supermini will go on sale in Europe early next year but it has not been earmarked for the United States due to its diminutive size.

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