The Elite i20 has been doing good numbers since the vehicle was introduced in the Indian market, holding its own even with the stiff competition being offered by the Baleno. The Elite is now close to 3 years old. The company has been providing timely updates to the vehicle, keeping it fresh. The company is now working on an all-new version of the i20, as spied by Motorbeam.
While the vehicle is heavily camouflaged, a few things are clear regarding the facelift. The car will have a new front end, which includes a new front bumper, a new front grille (similar to the one offered on the new Grand i10 and the Xcent) and a new headlamp cluster. The vehicle could draw inspiration from the Verna hatchback, which is on sale in the Chinese market. This will make the Elite a lot more edgy and sporty to look at. At the back, there will be a new tail gate, which has an additional bulge, as can be seen on the spy shot. This is similar to the one that is being offered on the Verna hatchback in the Chinese market.
Also new are the alloy wheels, which look a lot like the ones offered on the Mercedes A Class. Whether this makes it to the production vehicle or not is yet to be known.
On the interior side of things, there is no clarity as to what changes are going to take place. The vehicle was recently given an update which added Apple car play and Android auto to the vehicle.
Under the hood, we expect the same engines to be carried forward. The vehicle is offered with 3 engine options currently, two petrol and one diesel. The diesel is a 1.4 liter turbocharged unit making 89 Bhp and 220 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The petrol is either a 1.2 liter engine making 82 Bhp and 115 Nm, which is mated to a 5-speed manual or a 1.4 liter engine making 99 Bhp and 132 Nm, which is mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.