Before the new 2020 Hyundai i20 arrives in India, we take a look at what's new & what you can expect from the India-spec version.
Just a few days before the car's official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has revealed the all-new 2020 i20 hatchback. It's an important unveil for us as this is the car that's going to arrive on our shores sometime in the middle of this year. However, expect some India-specific changes such as length reduction (so that it qualifies for the sub-4m segment) and relatively smaller alloy wheels. Plus, a shoutout to our Italian partner Quattroruote that managed to give us quite an accurate rendering of the new car months ago.
Compared to the current Elite i20, the new-gen i20 looks much sharper & sportier. The front profile looks really bold thanks to a new diamond-mesh grille. Not to mention, the new headlamps give the car a sort of an 'angry' or aggressive look. As for the side profile, a forward-sloping beltline that merges with the bonnet's flow makes the car look pretty aerodynamic - hinting at better performance. Also, the blacked-out C-pillar of the Elite i20 has been replaced by a quarter glass, with the A-pillars, roof & tailgate (top half) now blacked out. At the back though, the design seems a bit too busy due to the Z-shaped inserts in the taillamps.
Inside, expect the new i20 to share some bits (like the new four-spoke steering wheel) with the new Creta (launching on 17th March). The infotainment system is likely to get a 10.25-inch touchscreen on the higher variants and a smaller 8.0-inch unit the lower ones. Addition of some premium features such as ambient lighting, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Bose audio system is also on the cards.
While there is no confirmation on which engine options will make it on to the India-spec model, our guess is the 1.0-litre turbo petrol (from the Aura) and the 1.5-litre diesel (from the BS-VI Venue).