India is the first car market in the world where the 2015 Hyundai i20 B+ segment hatchback has been officially revealed. The new car is named the i20 Elite and will go on sale in the Indian market within weeks from now. Hyundai India has officially opened the pre-bookings for the car and the 2015 i20 Elite will be launched here on the 11th of August. While Hyundai India has released two sketches of the B+ segment hatchback, the interweb is abuzz with uncamouflaged spyshots of the car including one shot of the car’s interiors.
From the looks of it, the car seems to have one of the best appointed interiors in the B+ segment hatchback class. Like the older model, the new 2015 i20 is expected to be a class leader in terms of features and creature comforts on offer. Spyshots of the Asta variants reveal that a reverse parking camera and sensors will come standard on the car. The interiors adopt a black and beige theme, that looks upmarket. The instrumentation console gets a one over while a push button start is seen on the dashboard.
In design terms, the 2014 Hyundai i20 Elite embraces the South Korean automaker’s Fluidic 2.0 Design philosophy, which made its debut on the 2015 Sonata luxury sedan. The Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy is an evolution of the Fluidic 1.0 design, and the new philosophy dumps expansive flourishes for more restrained lines. The petrol and turbo diesel engine line up of the previous generation i20 is expected to be carried over to the 2015 i20 Elite and the same is expected to be the case with the manual and automatic transmissions.
In this light, the 2015 Hyundai i20 Elite seems more of an evolution than a revolution. One area that behooved improvement in the last generation model was the ride and handling package. With Hyundai prepping the i20 for the World Rally Championship and the automaker testing the car extensively at the famed Nurburgring circuit at Germany, there are hopes of the 2015 i20 Elite featuring a crisper driving feel. We’ll find out soon, what with the media drives of the car scheduled two weeks from now.