Hyundai India is launching one refreshed product after another. Close on the heels of the launch of the facelifted Hyundai Creta, now the Elite i20 with a petrol-CVT combo has been launched at Rs 7.04 lakh for the Magna trim and Rs 8.15 lakh for the Asta. All prices are ex-Delhi. This is the first time Hyundai has introduced a CVT for the i20. A 4-speed torque converter was the preferred choice earlier. It was mated to a 90PS 1.4-litre petrol engine. Prices for the new Elite i20 petrol CVT is almost Rs 1 lakh above that of the corresponding manual trims. The Elite i20 CVT will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno CVT as well as the Honda Jazz CVT.
The automatic transmission this time around is mated to the regular 85PS 1.2-litre petrol engine. While there are no official fuel efficiency numbers quoted, expect it to be slightly better than the conventional 4-speed auto that Hyundai used to offer. This is also the first time, Hyundai India has opted for a continously variable transmission as opposed to torque converters in their India line-up. Hyundai is also toying with the idea of getting in the much more affordable AMT in their entry-level cars. The first application of this could be in the upcoming Hyundai Santro or Atos as it is likely to be called. This entry-level car is scheduled to be launched sometime this year and will boast of new features previously reserved only for cars in a higher category.