While the overall dimensions may remain more or less unchanged, the new Hyundai Elite i20 promises to be sharper than before. The i20 will get 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel, and 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine options.
Hyundai launched the Elite i20 in India in August 2014. The only update that the premium hatch has received since then is the mid-life facelift, with which it was launched at the Auto Expo 2018. Now, Hyundai has released the sketches of the all-new Elite i20, and this update will bring it in line with the rest of the model range.
Just like all the recent Hyundai models, the next-gen Elite i20 too will have a wide front grille with integrated pulled back headlamps. The bumper looks razor-sharp and has huge air dams – both of which may not be as overstated in the production model, as they are in these sketches. Expect the new Elite i20 to have a sharper profile with a few character lines running across the length. Dual-tone diamond cut alloy wheels will also add a sense of sportiness to the car’s profile. The rear too, with the pinched tailgate, now looks a lot more aggressive than before, and the arrow-head shaped taillamps go well with the overall design.
As you’d expect from Hyundai, the interior will look premium and have a bucket load of features, including a large touchscreen infotainment system, a fully digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, and wireless charging. The new Elite i20 will also get Hyundai’s new BlueLink connected techs like those in the Venue and the recently unveiled Creta.
At the heart, the i20 will get two petrol engine options – a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated motor that develops 83 horses and the 1.0-litre turbo petrol from the Venue that is good for 100bhp. The diesel powerplant will be a detuned iteration of the 1.5-litre motor that works on the Seltos and Creta. As usual, Hyundai will offer numerous variants with manual and automatic transmission options.
The Elite i20 is expected to break cover at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Expect it to make its way to India around mid-2020. Keeping in mind that it will be BS-VI compliant and will come with added tech, it is likely to demand an increased price. Currently, the Elite i20 is priced in the Rs 5.60 – 9.41 lakh range. The i20 will continue to compete against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, and others.
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