It was earlier this year that Hyundai revealed the new generation of the i20 ahead of its launch in international markets. Now new images have emerged of the i20 on public roads, showing the new hatchback in the flesh.
As we’ve mentioned before, the new i20 follows Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language seen on other newer models such as the Sonata on sale abroad. The front end is characterised by a prominent ‘cascading grille’, flanked by large angular headlamps, prominent creases along the body, and the large wrap-around tail-lamps with Z-shaped LED inserts that are connected via a light bar.
The most notable tech is the use of twin 10.25-inch displays for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment display. It also has other equipment, including wireless phone charging, Blue Link connected-car tech, auto climate control, ambient lighting and a Bose audio system.
In international markets, the hatchback will go on sale with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine in two states of tune and a base 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine. Gearbox options include a manual and a dual-clutch automatic, depending on the engine option.
Expected to arrive in India later this year, the new India-spec i20, as mentioned above, will be shorter than its international sibling to fit below the crucial 4 meter mark.
Moving to engines, expect the car to be offered with the same set of engines as the Venue compact SUV – meaning a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol, a more powerful 1.0-litre turbo-petrol and the company’s new 1.5-litre diesel engine in its lower, 100hp state of tune.
The new i20 will pick up where its predecessor left off and go up against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz, Polo & Toyota Glanza in India’s premium hatchback segment.
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