Hyundai has announced the updated the HB20 lineup in Brazil with the launch of HB20 Hatchback at a starting price of $16,490. The sedan and crossover versions will be launched in early 2020.
Hyundai HB20 for Brazil is what Elite-i20 is for India. Built on very similar architecture as the i20’s, HB20 was launched in Brazil in 2012, for the first time. The midsize hatchback with its efficient engine and clever packaging shared the same success story as that of the i20’s. Growing up as one of the best selling cars in the Brazilian market, it was long due for an update. After some rigorous road testing, Hyundai has now launched the new generation of HB20 in Brazil and will soon follow the route to other countries as well.
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Hyundai launched the updated HB20 in Brazil, and has also announced the sedan and crossover versions of the car.
Hyundai has announced that the car will now sport 3 different body styles, a hatchback, a crossover, and a sedan. While Hyundai has launched only the hatchback as of now, the crossover and the sedan versions will follow the suite later this year.
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The HB20X boats of an 205mm ground clearance given its crossover credentials.
In terms of dimensions, the hatchback has now gained 20mm extra in its length and breadth. With these increments, it now measures 3940 mm in length and 1700 mm in width. However, it is as tall as the last generation itself, with 1470mm of height. To increase the space offered on the inside, the wheelbase is now 2530mm long, which is a 30mm increase over the last-gen HB20. New dimensions have carved out some extra legroom and knee room for occupants, but the boots space is still the same with a capacity of 300mm.
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The HB20S sedan with increased length of 4260mm offers extra room and bootspace in comparison to the hatchback it is based on.
The HB20X crossover shares similar dimensions to the hatchback, but is taller at 1540mm, thanks to the raised suspension setup. This has indeed imparted a massive 205mm of ground clearance to the crossover. The sedan is now longer by 30mm and measures at 4260mm in length. While all other dimensions are identical to the hatchback, the extra length has carved out an extra boot space of 25 liters, bringing the total volume to 475 liters.
These HB20 triplets share similar power plants across the range. There are 3 different engine options to choose from. A naturally aspirated 80hp/100NM 1.0 liter 3-cylinder engine, a 120hp/172nm 3cylinder turbocharged engine, and a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder motor will be the part of powertrain options. A set of manual and automatic gearbox will be the part of drivetrain options to choose from.
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All three cars gets similar dashboard layout with a revised color tones being the only difference.
On the inside, all the three iterations of HB20 get a similar design for the dashboard and interiors. The only difference between the three is the color tones used for the materials. The dashboard on the HB20 is new and is dominated by an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. It also gets the support of Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto as well. The instruments binnacle now houses a combination of analog-digital readout as seen on the Grand i10 Nios.
The 20mm extra length in comparison to the last-gen HB20, this time it gets increased legroom on the reaseats.
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Hyundai has taken care of the feature list, pretty well. The cars come equipped with a generous amount of safety features. On offer are the airbags, ABS with EBD assistance, auto-braking with frontal collision prevention, keyless entry with push-button start/stop feature, rear parking camera with adaptive guidelines, cruise control, traction control, and tyre pressure monitoring system.
The HB hatchback is priced at $16,490 in Brazil, which in INR is close to Rupees 11.83 lacs. The sedan and crossover variants are yet to be launched and their prices will be unveiled during their launch only. The HB20 lines, however, give a slight hint of what all can be expected to come with the new i20.