The upcoming next-gen Hyundai i20 has been spied during night testing in India. The car is expected to launch in a few months.
Hyundai is planning to bring a trio of heavy-hitters to the Indian Auto market this year – Creta, Verna, and the new Elite i20. The last one had been spied earlier in India in broad daylight, and now another test vehicle has been spied in full-body camouflage during night-time testing , courtesy of our reader Saurav Kumar.
Next-generation Hyundai i20 spied again in India
Sadly, due to heavy traffic and poor light, the shooting conditions were less than ideal. Still, we can clearly recognise that it was indeed the upcoming next-gen Hyundai i20 by its LED taillight design. Although not a lot can be deciphered from these pictures, the test mule’s presence is enough to confirm that the launch date is approaching fast.
The biggest USP of the new i20 will be its equipment list. There will a lot of bells-and-whistles on offer on the next-gen model, a lot of which will be segment-firsts. The list includes modern tech like Hyundai's ‘Blue Link’ Smartphone connectivity, and a 10.25-inch all-digital instrument cluster. The car will also use the same touchscreen unit for the infotainment controls. These features will also be shared with the new-generation Creta and the Verna facelift.
The new-gen model will have engine options on offer
Powertrain options will also change in the new car. There will be two new engines on offer – a 1.5-litre diesel unit and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit. Other than that, the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol motor, which is already available on the outgoing model, will be carried over. All three of these engines will be shared with the i20’s subcompact SUV sibling, the Hyundai Venue BS6.
Apart from the engines, the other biggest change comes in terms of looks. The exterior of the new model is sportier than the outgoing model, with a lot of sharp creases and sleek lines. The front grille and headlamps seem to be inspired by the upcoming Verna facelift. As for the rear, it has a completely new design, with ‘Z’ shaped LED taillight on either end joined together by a horizontal strip. The design of the alloy wheels will also be different compared to the outgoing generation.
2020 Hyundai i20 to launch in India soon
The interior design will also feature a major redesign compared to the old model. The dashboard will now have a clean and simple, yet futuristic look. The touchscreen unit will be separate from the dash, jutting upwards instead of being integrated between the AC vents. There has been no word on pricing, but the car is expected to be priced between Rs. 5.5 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh. After its launch, the car will compete against rivals like Maruti Baleno, Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, and Toyota Glanza.