South Korean automaker Hyundai launched the i20 hatchback in 2008 in India. The company gave the car a facelift in 2012; when it received the fluidic design makeover and revised powertrain option. This hatchback is equipped with high end features and comfortable interiors which puts it ahead of its competition. Now, the company is all set to launch the new generation Hyundai i20 hatchback in the Indian car market. The vehicle has been spotted several times during its test rounds on the Indian roads.
The new generation Hyundai i20 will make its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October; however, the Indian model is likely to be launched prior to its International debut, sometime around August-September. The new i20 hatchback is larger in size compared to the current generation model. It is expected to get an evolved design language of the highly successful fluidic sculpture; however, the spy pictures suggest that the car is likely to get the smart ‘Storm Edge’ design language which we have recently seen in the new Santa Fe. At the front, this model gets signature hexagonal grille which offers family look. The car is larger than the current model and is expected to measure around 4 metre or slightly smaller to enjoy the excise benefit. The side profile of the hatchback received maximum changes as it now features coupe-like low roofline. At the back, the hatchback gets boomerang-shaped tail lamps, while the boot space is also expected to have increased from the current model.
Inside the cabin, the new 2015 Hyundai i20 is equipped with newly formulated dashboard with new central console and instrument panel. However, the slopping roofline could affect the headroom space for the rear passengers. The new i20 will feature climate control, integrated music system, new steering wheel with audio controls mounted on it. Hyundai has been testing the new generation Hyundai i20 on the Nurburgring testing ground which would help the company to offer an improved ride & handling.
Under the hood, the new 2015 Hyundai i20 will carry over the current engine lineup. While the petrol version will be powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa2 unit producing 83PS, the oil burner gets the 1.4-litre CRDi unit that develops 93PS. It is also expected to get an all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine; however, nothing has been confirmed on the same. Both the engines will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission gearbox, while the petrol model will also get automatic model.