Hyundai India has confirmed that the third generation i20 will be launched in September 2020 and will be offered with three powertrain options. Here’s a look at the new set of engines for the new i20.
The third-generation Hyundai i20 has been making news globally and its launch is eagerly awaited in India with the car set to once again redefine the premium hatchback segment. We have now received official confirmation that the car will be launched in India in September and that it will be offered with a choice of three powertrain options.
Two of these are brand new engine options for the i20 in India as the first and second generation model’s 1.4-litre turbo diesel engine has been discontinued. Instead, you now get the Hyundai Group’s new 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine that will replace Hyundai’s 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines in the Venue, Verna, Creta and the i20.
But unlike in the new Verna, Creta and Kia Seltos where this engine develops 113bhp and 250Nm, in the smaller i20 it will feature a fixed geometry turbocharger (unlike the VGT one seen in the larger cars). As a result, it will offer 99bhp of max power in cars such as the new i20 and the soon to be launched Venue 1.5 diesel. The torque rating for this engine has not been revealed yet and we are also yet to see if this gearbox will be offered with a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed unit, our guess is 5-speed. If Hyundai decides to offer diesel automatic versions of this the FGT 1.5 diesel, expect it to come with the company’s six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Lean NOx Trap (LNT) exhaust gas treatment system seen on the Kia will be offered in the new diesel Hyundais as well for BS6 compliance.
The other new engine for the i20 will be Hyundai’s 1.0 litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine that is currently doing duty in the Venue and Grand i10 Nios. Like the Venue, in the i20 this engine will be offered with a 7-speed double clutch automatic gearbox. This means the 1.0-litre engine will be tuned to develop 118bhp and 172Nm in the i20 unlike in the smaller i10 Nios where it is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and develops 99bhp and 172Nm.
The third engine option for the new Hyundai i20 will be the 1.2-litre, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine developing 82bhp and 114Nm. Like earlier, this unit will be offered with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Expect prices for the new Hyundai i20 to range between Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh, ex-showroom.
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