Hyundai i20 Facelift; First Impression

HYUNDAI i20


Hyundai has revealed the all-new 2020 Hyundai i20, and this global hatchback is expected to arrive in India soon. The i20 has been a huge success for Hyundai India in the premium hatchback segment and in its all-new avatar, While the model has been revealed in Europe, the India-spec model will be slightly different. Here is what we can expect from the upcoming hatchback.


Exterior


The all-new Hyundai i20 had already been revealed for the international market so we know the overall styling of the hatchback already. For India, the overall length is expected to be tweaked in order to meet India’s sub-4-meter regulation. While we don’t expect significant re-engineering of the car, the front, and rear bumpers are likely to be revised for the Indian market to help comply with the norms. Other than that, the i20 is likely to remain similar to the international version of the car. Additionally, alloy wheel design and sizes for India may also be slightly different when the hatchback launched in India. While the European model uses 17-inch wheels, realistically, the i20 in India would at best be offered with 15-16 inch wheels. Hyundai has introduced new colours with the new i20, along with a dual-tone colour scheme. This feature may also be offered in higher trims in India.


Interior


Following Hyundai "Sensuous Sportiness" design language throughout the car, the interior of the new 2020 i20 will get the same treatment. The brand new dashboard layout includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system that also expected to be offered in India. The number of features is likely to be in line with the new BlueLink 1.5 version that also offers the virtual assistant that can be activated with the “Hey BlueLink” voice command. The international model also gets a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, this may be tweaked in size for the Indian market. The Bose powered sound system with 8-speakers might be offered with wireless charging most probably on the cars for the i20. However, while Europe gets wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, for India, it is likely to be wired only. The overall design of the interior would also be similarly laid out for the India spec model as the 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel design would be carried over to the Indian market.


Engines


For the Indian market, the Hyundai i20 is likely o be offered with the same powertrains as the Venue sub-compact SUV. The petrol offers would most likely be the 1.2-litre MPI engine that develops 82 hp and 115Nm of torque. This engine would be offered with a 5-speed manual The diesel would be a 1.5-litre turbocharged motor that churns out 98hp and 240Nm of torque. There will be a 6-speed manual with the option of an automatic as well. The ‘Turbo’ model in the i20 would be the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder T-GDI engine that develops 120hp and 172Nm that would be offered with a 7-speed DCT automatic.


EXPECTED PRICE: ‎₹5.8 lakhs*

LAUNCH DATE: AUG 2020 (TENTATIVE)



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