With the BSVI emission norms close to taking effect, the next-gen Hyundai i20 will be offered with new engines and transmission borrowed from Hyundai Venue BS6.
The next-gen Hyundai i20 was slated to be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but has now been postponed due to the cancellation of the show owing to coronavirus outbreak. The car has generated a lot of anticipation among buyers and enthusiasts alike, with its sharp-looking exterior, premium interior, and a long list of equipment. Other than that, the new powertrain options have also generated a lot of excitement among fans of the car.
The next-gen i20 will feature three engine options, with one of them being a Kia Seltos-sourced 1.5-litre diesel engine that powers the BSVI Venue.
The new-generation i20 will have three engine options. First is a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated inline-4 petrol motor, which produces 83 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque respectively. This engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The second option will a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel, which can generate 100 PS and 220 Nm. It will come paired to either a 6-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. The last option will be a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, which produces 120 PS and 173 Nm, and will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic. All these engines are borrowed from the recently-launched BSVI-compliant version of the Hyundai Venue.
According to a few media reports, the new i20 will also feature mild-hybrid technology, just like its closest competitor, Maruti Suzuki Baleno. Apart from the powerplants, the i20 will also borrow the “BlueLink” connected car technology that first debuted on the Venue and will soon be offered in the next-gen Creta as well. The i20 will also be the first hatchback in the country to feature a fully-digital 7-inch instrument console. The car will also feature mood-lighting, which is also offered in the Tata Altroz. These features, however, might only be optional extras in the top-variants.
Hyundai i20 will offer the latest 'BlueLink' connected car technology
The next-gen i20 has already been spied during testing in India, hinting at the prospect of a launch soon. After launch, the car will compete against other premium hatchbacks, like Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, Tata Altroz, and Toyota Glanza. There has been no official word on the prices, but it is expected to be priced between Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).