Launched at Auto Expo 2018, the new Honda Elite i20 is priced in the range of Rs 5.35 lakh to Rs 9.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The long-awaited 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift has finally made its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. The new i20 is available in both petrol and diesel guise, priced between Rs 5.35 lakh and Rs 9.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) Alongside i20 facelift, Hyundai has also introduced the new i20 Active facelift. The company has also showcased the stylish Kona 5-seater premium SUV and the Ioniq electric sedan; both models will go on sale in India in 2019. Coming back to i20, the updated model receives company’s latest design theme, which we have already seen on the new Verna and facelifted Xcent compact sedan. Read More – New Gen Hyundai Verna Sedan Launch Details
Hyundai has also announced a new automatic gearbox in the i20 petrol lineup. For the first time, this premium hatchback gets a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) unit paired to a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine. It was speculated that Hyundai Elite i20 facelift will carry the same 1.4-litre petrol automatic version; however, the company has opted for a more affordable 1.2-litre CVT version. The new model comes with company’s new family cascade type grille, new fog lamp housing and more angular headlamps. The cabin of the car is more stylish and feature loaded, and is equipped with a revised infotainment system with advanced connectivity options. This model misses out on the company’s new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is likely to be offered in the Carlino based compact SUV.
2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Detailed Preview
– New ‘Cascade’ grille
– All-new bumper
– New alloy wheels
– New tail-lights with LED inserts
– New touchscreen infotainment system
– New upholstery
– Multi-functional steering wheel
– Blackened C-pillar Read – Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV
|Minimum||Rs 5.35 Lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 9.15 Lakh|
The new i20 facelift comes with new features and some design upgrades, which makes it tad expensive than the previous model. The new model is priced between Rs 5.35 lakh and Rs 9.15 lakh. However, the top-end petrol automatic variant is cheaper, as it comes equipped with a 1.2L CVT unit instead of the expensive 1.4-litre unit with torque convertor.
The i20 facelift receives majority of the changes to the exterior styling. The new model is equipped with all-new front fascia, which looks more mature and in-sync with Hyundai’s new breed of cars. The front grille design is in-line with Hyundai’s new design philosophy, which we have already seen on the updated Grand i10 and Xcent, Elantra and the new Verna. In place of two-part grille, the hatchback gets a single, large ‘Cascade’ type grille. Besides, the updated i20 gets more angular Elantra-inspired headlamps, new bumper and slightly revised fog lamps. The side profile of the car remains unchanged, save for the new set of alloy wheels. It continues to feature the blackened C-pillar, but it has been tweaked according to the new design.
At the back, the hatchback comes with a major update. It comes with a lot of modification to offer a new look. The 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift is equipped with new LED taillights with updated graphics and a tweaked bumper. The licensing plate enclosure has been re-positioned at the centre of the taillights from the rear bumper.
In terms of proportions, the new i20 remain identical to the previous model. It is 3,985mm long, 1,734mm wide and 1,505mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,570mm. The vehicle comes with a ground clearance of 170mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. This five-door car offers a boot space of 285-litres, which is not the best in its league.
The overall design structure of the updated i20 is largely similar to the existing model. However, it is now more stylish and feature loaded. The new model is equipped with a larger 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. It also work as a display for reverse parking camera. Other features include keyless entry, headlamp escort function and rear parcel tray. The hatchback is expected to get new upholstery for seats and other parts.
|Engine Option||Max Power||Max Torque||Transmission|
|1.2-litre Kappa VTVT Petrol||81.83bhp @ 6,000rpm||114.7Nm @ 4,000rpm||5-speed MT & CVT automatic|
|1.4-litre CRDi Diesel||88.73bhp @ 4,000rpm||219.7Nm @ 1,500rpm- 2,750rpm||6-speed MT|
The updated version of the i20 also witnessed a big change under the bonnet. It was speculated that the new model will come with the same set of petrol and diesel engines that is available in the current model. Instead, Hyundai has phased out the top-spec 1.4-litre automatic version. The other two engines remain the same that includes a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder Kappa VTVT unit and a 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. While the former is capable of producing 81.83bhp of power and 114.7Nm of torque, the oil burner is good for 88.73bhp of power and 219.7Nm of torque. Instead of 1.4-litre automatic version, Hyundai introduces the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol unit with a new CVT automatic gearbox. Read – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India
The previous model was equipped with a 99bhp, 1.4-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine paired to a four-speed torque convertor. This model attracts high excise duty, which makes it around 81,000 pricier than its direct competitor Maruti Baleno Alpha CVT. In order to compete well against the Baleno, the updated i20 gets a new CVT automatic gearbox that is specifically developed for Indian markets. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. It is also expected that Hyundai could launch the performance oriented version of the hatchback, but on later stage. This model could get a new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is based on the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Kappa unit. This engine currently powers the European-spec i10, featuring a small, single turbocharger. The 1.0L turbo equipped i20 is expected to produce up to 120bhp and 172Nm of torque. It will be positioned against the Maruti Baleno RS and Volkswagen Polo GT TSI.
Since the new i20 is packed with the existing range of engines, it is as frugal as the current model. The petrol version returns around 19-20kmpl, the diesel model delivers around 23-24kmpl.
With updated design and several new features, the Elite i20 facelift will want to regain its lost pole position. It will challenge the likes of Maruti Baleno, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz. Additionally, Tata Motors is also working on a premium hatchback – codenamed X451 – which will be launched in 2019.
The suspension mechanism of the i20 facelift comprises of McPherson strut with coil spring and coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring at the front and rear, respectively. It comes equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes, which are further assisted by ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System).