Next-gen Hyundai Elite i20 to Offer less mileage than Maruti Baleno?

by Kshitij Rawat | 18/02/2020
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Next-gen Hyundai Elite i20 is almost here! We speculate on its diesel engine, and find out that it might offer less mileage than Maruti Baleno! Read about it here.

The next-gen Hyundai Elite i20 is almost ready for its international debut. Numerous spy pictures have been floating around the internet of various test models, while the new vehicle's exterior look was revealed through official images last night. While the new images have mostly highlighted the exterior details of the vehicle, we could decipher some details of its interior from the available spy images.

2020 Hyundai i20 front angle

Next-gen Hyundai i20 looks completely different from the outgoing model

Of course, for the mechanical details, we can only speculate at this moment. That said, according to a few recent reports, the new Elite i20 will feature three engines options – a 1.2-litre inline-4 naturally-aspirated petrol, a 1.5-litre inline-4 turbo-diesel, and a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol. The petrol engines are expected to be the same ones as the Hyundai Venue. The 1.2-litre mill can generate a maximum power output of 83 PS and a peak torque figure 113 Nm. The turbocharged petrol motor is good for 120 PS and 173 Nm of max power and torque respectively. The diesel engine is expected to be borrowed from the Kia Seltos. That motor, a 1.5-litre inline-4 turbocharged diesel unit, can push a maximum power and torque output of 115 PS and 250 Nm.

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The diesel engine lends a fuel-efficiency figure of 17.8 kmpl (ARAI-claimed) to the Kia Seltos. While the figure under test conditions is only expected to rise once the engine is put inside the i20, another spy image has revealed that the new model could offer a real-world fuel efficiency of 17 kmpl. Also, the same diesel motor recently made its way into the Venue.

Maruti Baleno vs Hyundai i20

Maruti Baleno delivers exceptional fuel-efficiency

The biggest rival to the Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Baleno, is rated at a fuel mileage of 21.4 kmpl for the petrol model and a whopping 27.4 kmpl for the diesel. Both these figure are ARAI tested. While real-world efficiency figures are lower than this, there is one thing to note here; the Hyundai engines are expected to be significantly less economical than Maruti’s 1.2-litre K-series petrol and Fiat-sourced diesel mill. These are, of course, only speculative figures. Also, since Maruti is discontinuing diesel cars after the BS6-deadline, as the 1.3-litre DDiS (or Multijet) engine will not be updated to meet the new emission norms, the diesel variant of the new Hyundai Elite i20 could be the default winner.

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Apart from that, the new Hyundai i20 will have a lot of changes as compared to the current model. We expect the new i20 to feature Hyundai’s latest BlueLink connected car technology (also from the Venue), along with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The feature list will also be quite impressive, with automatic climate control, rear AC vents, a wireless charging pad, and maybe even a sunroof. Safety will also be well taken care of here. The car will get ABS, EBD, door-open warning, seatbelt reminder, rear-parking sensors, overspeed warning, and 2 airbags (driver and front passenger) as standard. Higher variants will also get a rear parking camera and 6 airbags.

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