South Korean car maker Hyundai will launch the next generation version of the i20 hatchback next year. The i20 is a global car model and the facelifted version of the car, which is presently sold in India, already shows Fluidic design elements.
The next generation version of the i20, while featuring the Fluidic design language, will come with all-new styling. Apart from the new styling, expect a range of new features to be offered on the 2014 i20 as the car will compete with the recently launched Honda Jazz/Fit.
The 2014 i20 will also get larger than the current model, a factor that seems very likely from the spyshots, which indicate a rear end that seems to protrude more than the current i20. With additional space on its innards and a range of new features, stuff that is available only on cars a segment higher, the 2014 i20 could again be the benchmark in its segment, at least with respect to the Indian car market. Talking of India. the car has already been spotted testing on the outskirts of Chennai, the location of Hyundai’s Indian manufacturing facility.
It is only a matter of time before Hyundai unveils the car in India now that the South Korean brand has smartly launched the Grand i10 to fill the yawning gap that once existed between the i10 and the i20 hatchbacks. The launch of the Grand i10 gives Hyundai enough leverage to price the i20 at a level that rivals cars in the C-entry segment (Honda Amaze-Maruti Dzire-Ford Classic-Linea Classic). As buying power in India increases, more and more Indians are likely to prefer a fully loaded hatchback such as the i20 than a no-frills C entry sedan.
This phenomenon has been unfolding in India for more than a decade now. From the time when the Maruti Zen was considered to be a premium hatchback by most car buyers, who settled for the Maruti 800 or Omni, the Indian car market now offers feature filled, premium hatchbacks such as the Honda Jazz and Hyundai i20, at price points that would have been unimaginable (for a hatchback) a decade ago. And this trend only promises to accelerate in the coming years.