Hyundai is working on a new-gen model of the Elite i20 hatchback. The company has already started testing heavily camouflaged test mules of the same on public roads in India, as shown in the first set of spy shots that have leaked recently on the Internet. Hyundai is expected to launch the next-gen i20 in India sometime in 2020.
The said spy shots show that the new-gen model is still in the early stages of development. It does look like a prototype, rather than a production-ready model. However, these images give us a first look about what Hyundai is planning to do with the new Elite i20. The biggest visible change is the wider footprint of the car. This will not just result in better road presence, but will offer more room in the cabin. Currently, the Elite i20 is 3,995 mm long, and Hyundai isn’t likely to lengthen it further in order to keep the overall length under 4 metres. It is worth noting that cars with lengths of less than 4 metres attract a lower excise duty and can thus be priced more aggressively.
On the inside, the new Elite i20 is expected to borrow some design elements from new Hyundai launches like the Venue, or the upcoming update of the Grand i10. We also expect the company to load its BlueLink connectivity suite to the infotainment system of the new-gen Hyundai Elite i20.
Hyundai is likely to make some changes in the mechanical department of the next-gen Elite i20. The premium hatchback is thus expected to come with a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which will be similar to what we have seen recently in the Hyundai Venue. However, we believe that Hyundai will retune the engine to deliver close to 100 PS of power, rather than the 125 PS that is on offer in the Venue. It is worth noting that the Hyundai i20 does get a 100 PS 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine in the international markets. Meanwhile, we expect the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines to remain unchanged.
Once launched, the next-gen Hyundai Elite i20 will continue to rival the likes of the Maruti Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo, and the upcoming Tata Altroz.
[Source – IndianAutosBlog]
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