This is the third-generation model of the Hyundai i20 and is likely to be launched towards the end of 2020. The premium hatchback will sport a new design and interior. Engine options will be similar to sub-4 metre SUV, Venue
Earlier this year in February, Hyundai took the wraps off the third-generation i20. We have now spotted a test mule of the premium hatchback hinting that the launch is indeed a few months away. Although the test mule that we spotted was heavily camouflaged, judging by the silhouette, the i20 sports the same design as the international-spec model that was revealed before the Geneva Motor Show in February. A sharp shoulder line just above the front wheel arch is easily visible. If these spy shots are anything to go by, the i20 will continue to get turn indicators on the ORVMs and diamond cut alloy wheels as well.
Although details of the India-spec model haven’t been revealed yet, the i20 is expected to come with the same engine and transmission options as the Grand i10 Nios and the Venue. The i20 will also be offered with 3 engine options – a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a 1.5-litre diesel and the higher variants will also get the option of a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol. The i20 with the 1.2 petrol heart should make about 82bhp and 114Nm. This engine will come paired with a 5-speed manual. The 1.5-litre diesel produces 99bhp and 240Nm, and comes mated to a 6-speed manual. While there is no official confirmation yet, the 1.0-litre turbo heart will be limited to the top-end variants with either a 6-speed manual or a DCT. The i20 with this motor will churn out 99bhp and 172Nm.
Hyundai has still not revealed the interior of the car, as is the norm with the Korean carmaker, this new-gen model too is expected to be spacious and come loaded with features. It is sure to get a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, and more.
The new-gen i20 is expected to be launched towards the end of the year. Just like before, it will compete against the likes of the Marui Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Tata Altroz, Volkswagen Polo, and the Honda Jazz.