It’s been long in the coming. The previous-gen i20 has been soldiering on from sometime. Five years to be precise. That it was one of the highest selling Hyundais worldwide is a known fact. Apt that Hyundai then brings in the new version. In an online unveil, the 2020 Hyundai i20 has now been showcased. It will go on sale in Europe in a few months (depending on country and lockdown). The 2020 Hyundai i20 India launch will be later this year or now, pushed to early 2021.
I see a lot of new things in the 2020 Hyundai i20
The platform itself is all-new plus there are many gadgets to play with. While there is no mention if the length, width and height have increased or changed, what we know for sure is the fact that the wheelbase looks up. The cabin is airier than before and while the grey upholstery may be replaced in India, Europe gets it. There are two 10.2-inch screens – one for the MID and another for the infotainment. Both are at eye-level though we aren’t fans of the Fiat Punto-like instrument cluster. The infotainment system boasts wireless Apple Carplay as well as Android Auto. A wireless charger to has been provided. Hyundai has also added the air purifier now. There is climate control on offer as well as rear AC vents. Boot space has gone up by 25 litres and is a Nexon-rivalling 350 litres now.
The exterior too looks razor sharp. There are LED projector lights, the cascading grille design, 16-inch alloys wheels fashioned like the ones on the Aura, connected LED tail lamps. The speciality of the latter is that the i20 name is embossed in it. A dual-tone roof too makes things interesting.
Engine-wise, the ones in the Hyundai Venue will be used. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol will also have a 48v hybrid mechanism. This engine will be coupled to a 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission or iMT. What this does is, cut off the engine when the driver lifts his foot off the gas pedal. It brings in coasting function thereby saving on fuel. Emissions too will be at least 20 per cent lower than the non-hybrid unit.
The all-new 2020 Hyundai i20 will go up against the updated Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the (in-the-works) Volkswagen Polo. Expect a price increase by Rs 25,000 when the car goes on sale.
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