Hyundai has been on a fleek in 2019 by first launching the compact SUV Venue followed by the all-electric SUV, Kona. And then they brought in Grand i10 Nios which garnished more sales. Come 2020, Hyundai has special plans for the Indian market by bringing in next-gen i20, Creta and Verna.
In this article, we will be telling you about the India-spec 2020 Hyundai i20. The premium hatchback has been recently spied on Indian roads and will soon be launched at the 2020 Auto Expo. Here are five things you should know about the upcoming hatchback:
Let’s talk about the oil burner first as Hyundai will ditch the 1.4L, turbocharged diesel engine. It will now carry the 1.5L diesel which comes with the Kia Seltos. The power figure is expected to be limited to 90 bhp only. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed auto is also expected on the house.
The 1.2L petrol engine will be jazzed up to BS6 emission standards and will be brought in line. There will not be any loss of power figures. A 5-speed manual gearbox will come as standard and a CVT gearbox too can make its way again.
In addition to the 1.2L petrol, Hyundai will also bring a 1.0L turbo petrol unit. This is the same unit from the Venue, however, the power figures might be detuned in order to return higher fuel economy. Hyundai will bring a 6-speed manual gearbox and is expected to ditch the 7-speed DCT as to keep the production costs in check.
The fluidic design of the Hyundai could be well seen in the spy shots of the i20. The signature cascade grille will now be larger and the premium hatchback will get updated alloy wheels. The foglights are now vertically placed and look sharper.
The headlights of the same get projector treatment along with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The rear will also see a completely revamped design with the bumpers and taillights.
Like the exterior, the interiors of the 2020 Hyundai i20 will also be updated heavily. First things first, it will get a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai’s BlueLink technology is also expected to be featured in the upcoming i20.
The premium hatchback will now get the first-in-class all-digital instrument cluster. It is not sure whether this treatment is available for all the trims or just the top-spec Asta variant only. The interiors will get new upholstery and dashboard design will be updated.
Hyundai is largely loved by Indian because its capacity to offer uber loads of features even in its entry-level cars. And next-in-line, 2020 Hyundai i20 too will be offered with many features. We can expect wireless charging, larger touchscreen infotainment system, start/stop button, automatic climate control, rear-seat armrest and among others.
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Sales Figures, Competition and Price:
Hyundai Elite i20 has always been a favourite among Indian buyers as it offers a balance between the ride quality and the features present. Let the number itself do the talking as from April 2019-October 2019, Hyundai sold a total of 69,547 units of the Elite i20.
The premium hatchback competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo and Toyota Glanza. As far as the prices go then the updated i20 will be priced a premium over the current generation. The price of the current Hyundai i20 starts at Rs 5.52 lakh and the top model fetches up to Rs 9.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).