India-spec 2020 Hyundai i20 to be Smaller, Could Have Mild Hybrid Option

by Yatharth Singh Chauhan | 20/02/2020
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The 2020 Hyundai i20 will be available with a 1.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine, which will work in tandem with a mild-hybrid system similar to Maruti’s SHVS

The 2020 Hyundai i20 was recently revealed through a set of official images that gave us a good look at the exterior of the third-generation of the Korean supermini. The company has even thrown some interior details into the mix through a set of official sketches. And now, ahead of the official unveiling, new details of the B2-segment hatchback have surfaced internet.

Indian version of 2020 Hyundai i20 to be Smaller, Could Have Mild Hybrid System

The 2020 Hyundai i20 is longer, wider but shorter than the outgoing version. It looks sharper than Tata Altroz and Maruti Baleno. 

The 2020 Hyundai i20 will be available with a range of petrol engine, which will include 100PS and 120PS versions of a 1.0-litre T-GDI direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine. It may be noted that the Grand i10 Nios and Aura are available with the less powerful version of this low-capacity turbocharged engine option, while the more powerful unit is available on the Venue.

Transmission options include a 7-speed DCT automatic and 6-speed manual units. Also, it may be noted that for the new hatchback, the motor will work in tandem with a Maruti SHVS-like mild-hybrid system. The manual transmission is an all-new unit that optimizes fuel efficiency by disengaging the clutch while coasting.  

Also, on offer will be a retuned version of the 1.2-litre Kappa engine that is being offered on the current version of the company’s Maruti Baleno-rival. The motor will produce 85PS and will come mated to a 5-speed manual unit. It has also come to light that the new-gen model will be 4% lighter than before due to a new fuel tank and updated front seats that weigh 3 kg lesser. The engineers at Hyundai reckon that the 2020 Hyundai i20 will be even 3-4% more efficient than before. The company also believes that the new hatchback will offer class-leading safety.

Dimensionally, the 2020 Hyundai i20 is 5mm longer, 30mm wider but 24mm shorter than the model it is about to replace. Its wheelbase has increased by 10 mm, while its bootspace, at 351-litre, is 25-litre more than before. However, the Indian model will be smaller than the international model to help its company benefit from lower GST on cars measuring less than 4-metre in overall length. For reference, the international version is 4,040 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and 1,450 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,580 mm. In all likelihood, the Indian model will have reworked bumpers to duck under the 4-metre limit.

Indian version of 2020 Hyundai i20 to be Smaller, Could Have Mild Hybrid Option

The aesthetics of the 2020 Hyundai Elite i20 are governed by the 'Sensuous Sportiness' design theme. 

The launch of the 2020 Hyundai i20 will take place around the middle of the current calendar year. Once introduced, it will rival the likes of Maruti Baleno, Tata Altroz and Honda Jazz. It will likely cost a tad more than the current version, which will be justified through higher power, more fuel efficiency, new features and a modern design.

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