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2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Spied Testing Again

Likely to debut at Auto Expo 2018, the new Hyundai i20 facelift could get a new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine.

  • Amit Sharma
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Hyundai i20 N Sport rear profile

Hyundai, the South Korean automaker has started testing the facelifted version of the Elite i20 hatchback. The vehicle has already been spotted on Indian roads, but this time, the hatchback has been spied in Europe. Likely to be launched in early next year, the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift is likely to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2018. The spotted model was heavily camouflaged, doesn’t reveal much detail. However, the face of the hatchback looks sharper, and in line with new breed of Hyundai cars.

The outgoing model was launched in 2014 and is set to receive a makeover to cop up with the rising competition. The Korean automaker had introduced the 2017 Elite i20 hatchback in the Indian car market in April this year. Instead of making significant visual updates, the company rejigged the variant line-up and their features. Talking about facelift, the 2018 model shares design changes from the all-new Verna, which is likely to be launched during August this year. Read More – New Gen Hyundai Verna Sedan Launch Details

Talking about changes, the i20 facelift will have newly styled front fascia. It will get Hyundai’s new family Cascade type grille, new fog lamps and more angular headlamps. The side profile looks similar to the existing car, save for the new set of alloy wheels. Spotted model also has rear disc brakes, which is also likely to be offered in the India-spec model. It will continue to feature its signature blacked-out C-pillar. Other design changes are likely to include new tail-light clusters and a tweaked bumper.

Inside the cabin, the updated i20 is not likely to get any structural changes and it will continue to feature the same dashboard design. The premium hatchback is expected to get a new infotainment system with advanced connectivity options. It will continue to feature the same set of engines – a 1.2-litre petrol (MT only), a 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre petrol (AT Only). If media reports are to be believed, the Korean brand could also introduce the new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that is expected to produce up to 120bhp and 172Nm of torque.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Spied Side Profile

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Launch Date

Launch Date (Expected) Early 2018

Hyundai, the South Korean automaker has started testing the updated Elite i20 hatchback on Indian roads. This premium hatchback is likely to be launched in the early 2018. It is likely to be unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. We will update you as soon as Hyundai reveals anything on the same. Read – Hyundai Carlino Compact SUV

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Price In India

Minimum (Estimated) Rs 5.5 Lakh
Maximum (Estimated) Rs 9.5 Lakh

The new i20 will get new features and some design upgrades, which is likely to make it pricier than the outgoing model. We expect the hatchback to be priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift Spied rear

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Engine Specifications

Engine Option Max Power Max Torque Transmission
1.2-litre Kappa VTVT Petrol 81.83bhp @ 6,000rpm 114.7Nm @ 4,000rpm 5-speed MT & 6-speed AT
1.4-litre CRDi Diesel 88.73bhp @ 4,000rpm 219.7Nm @ 1,500rpm- 2,750rpm 6-speed MT & 4-speed AT

The updated version of the i20 is likely to come with the same set of petrol and diesel engines that is available with the current model. The gasoline model is powered by a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder Kappa VTVT unit that is good for 81.83bhp of power and 114.7Nm of torque. The range-topping model will be propelled by a 1.4-litre Dual VTVT unit that produces 99bhp of power and 130Nm of torque. The oil burner is a 1.4-litre CRDi unit that is capable of producing a maximum power output of 88.73bhp and a peak torque of 219.7Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed AT. Instead of 4-speed AT, the new model could get a new 6-speed automatic unit that will be offered on the new generation Verna sedan. Read – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India

The carmaker is also expected to 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. Interestingly, Hyundai is also working on a mild hybrid system, which could be offered in the i20 and the all-new Verna sedan. However, the company could delay introduction of the hybrid versions as Government has increased tax structure for hybrid cars in India.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift Spied top view

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Mileage

Petrol 18.6kmpl
Diesel 22.54kmpl

Since the new i20 will be packed with the existing range of engines, it will be as frugal as the current model. The petrol version is likely to return around 19-20kmpl, the diesel model could deliver around 23-24kmpl.


Dimensionally, the hatchback will remain unchanged. It measures 3,985mm, 1,734mm and 1,505mm in length, width and height, respectively. The hatchback has a wheelbase of 2,570mm, while the ground clearance stands at 170mm. This five-door car offers a boot space of 285-litres, which is not the best in its league.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Design Changes

Going by the spyshots available on the inter-web, the i20 facelift will come with differently styled front fascia. The front grille design is in-line with Hyundai’s new design philosophy, which will have already seen on the Grand i10 and Xcent, Elantra and the new Verna. Instead of two-part grille, the hatchback will get a single, large ‘Cascade’ type grille. Other design changes include a more angular Elantra-inspired headlamps, new bumper and slightly revised fog lamps. The side profile of the car is likely to remain unchanged, save for the new set of alloy wheels. It will continue to feature the blackened C-pillar, but it could be tweaked according to the new design.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift Spied Front

In the spyshots, the rear profile of the car is fully covered indicating towards a major change. The rear profile of the car is expected to see a lot of modifications to give it a new look. The hatchback is likely to get new LED taillights with updated graphics and a tweaked bumper. The licensing plate enclosure will be re-positioned at the centre of the taillights from the rear bumper.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift Spied Cabin

The cabin is also expected to receive some cosmetic upgrades and added features. Feature list will include a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, and reverse parking camera, keyless entry, headlamp escort function and rear parcel tray, etc.

Source – Motorbeam



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