Hyundai, the South Korean automaker has started testing the facelifted version of its popular premium hatchback – Elite i20. If media reports are to be believed, Hyundai is likely to showcase the heavily updated i20 at the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo in February. The vehicle will receive major design changes and upgraded cabin. Besides i20, Hyundai will also launch the Creta facelift and a compact hatchback in 2018.
The 2018 Hyundai i20 will feature the company’s new design language, which we have already seen on the new Verna and the facelifted Xcent sedan. Instead of two-part grille, the new model will be equipped with a larger, single-piece ‘Cascade’ grille. Other design changes at the front will include restyled headlamp and newly styled bumper. Also See – Upcoming Hyundai Cars In India
The side profile of the hatchback is likely to remain the same, except for the newly designed alloy wheels. The rear end of the car will receive minor changes in the form of revised tailgate and newly designed tail-lights with LED inserts. The tail-lights are likely to be sourced from the new Verna sedan. The cabin of the car will share features with the new Verna. The hatchback is likely to get an updated infotainment system and slightly revised dashboard. Also See – New Hyundai Cars To Be Unveiled At Auto Expo 2018
The Hyundai i20 facelift will continue to feature the existing set of engines – a 1.2-litre petrol (MT only), a 1.4-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre petrol (AT Only). Few media reports also suggest that the Korean brand could also introduce the new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that is expected to churn out 120bhp and 172Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic versions of the car will be on offer.
Hyundai Creta Facelift Images
The updated Hyundai i20 will challenge the likes of Maruti Baleno and Honda Jazz. As a reminder, Maruti and Honda will launch the facelifts of Baleno and Jazz in 2018. Additionally, Tata Motors is also working on a premium hatchback – codenamed X451 – which is slated to be launched in early 2019.