New-gen Hyundai i20 is about to launch in India this October. Recently, the new i20 was spotted undergoing ARAI tests on Indian roads. It is the first time we have seen the premium hatchback with no camouflage.
Hyundai is busy readying the new-gen Hyundai i20for launch in India in the coming months. Recently, the new-gen Hyundai i20 was spotted during an ARAI test. It is also the first time we can see the India-spec new-gen i20 without any camouflage.
Thanks to these spy images showing a test unit without any sort of camouflage, we can now see the design of the India-spec new-gen Hyundai i20 clearly. As the spy images suggest, the India-spec Hyundai i20 will be similar to the version available on the European market. The front fascia of the Hyundai i20 gets a low-put hexagonal grille, boxy headlight housing and triangle foglights. These new design elements make the hatchback appear sportier.
In the side profile of the upcoming Hyundai i20, we see a lot of changes going on. For example, the new model gets bolder and sharper creases along with raked C pillars, all of which highlight a new aggressive and sporty design of the vehicle. Coming to the rear-end, the new connected LED light system come across as the biggest highlight. This new design element is expected to become a signature feature on future Hyundai cars.
The interior of the Hyundai i20 sees a comprehensive makeover. Apart from the drastically different interior design, it also comes with a host of upmarket features. It gets a new touchscreen infotainment unit and a new instrument console, Creta-like steering wheel, and more. It is expected that Hyundai will include premium features like wireless charging, multiple airbags, ESP on the top-of-the-line variants, and more.
Under the hood, the Hyundai i20 is expected to share the powertrains with the Venue compact SUV. The 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor used on the older version will be carried forward to the new-gen model. With 84 PS of maximum power, this engine will be used on the lower-range variants. On the other hand, the top-spec variants will source power from a new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine which makes 118 hp and 172 Nm. While the former will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the later will be available with two choices of transmission, a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. In addition, the new-gen model will also mark the return of the diesel engine on Hyundai i20’s line-up. It is expected that Hyundai will reintroduce the 1.5-litre diesel engine on the i20, albeit in a BSVI guise. The new moel should launch here in October 2020.