Hyundai will launch the i20 Elite B+ segment hatchback later today, as a replacement to its popular, current-generation i20 hatchback. While the launch is still a couple of hours away, brochure scans of the i20 Elite have made it to the interweb. The revealed brochure details the variants and features of the new hatchback.
Interestingly, the i20 Elite comes with only two engine options, the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder petrol Kappa motor that outputs 82 Bhp-115 Nm and the 1.4 liter-4 cylinder CRDI turbo diesel engine that outputs 89 Bhp-220 Nm. The petrol engine gets a 5 speed manual gearbox while the diesel motor gets a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Hyundai’s decision to equip the i20 Elite with only engines could have to do with the following reasons,
1. Hyundai now has the Grand i10 that slots in between the i10 and the i20, which means that entry-level i20 buyers have a lower priced, better equipped car in the form of the Grand i10.
2. Hyundai wants to clearly demarcate the Grand i10 and the i20 Elite by creating a larger gap between the two cars.
”]Coming back to the brochure scans, they reveal that the i20 Elite will be available in 10 variants, spread across the two engine options. The variants are – Era, Magna, Sportz, Sportz (O) and Asta.
The Era variant comes with,
Power steering, central locking, day and night inner rear view mirror, engine immobilizer, body-coloured bumpers, front power windows and air conditioning.
The Magna variant adds,
Follow-me-home headlamps, a foldable key, body coloured wing mirrors and door handles, rear parcel shelf, sunglasses holder, front armrest with storage, factory fitted 2-DIN stereo with 1 GB memory, AUX and USB connectivity, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, cooled glove box, rear power windows and steering mounted audio controls.
The Sportz variant adds,
Driver airbag, ABS+EBD, rear parking camera and sensors, impact sensing auto door unlock, electro-chromatic inner rear view mirror, rear defogger, turn indicators integrated to wing mirrors, leather wrapped gear knob and steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, CD player, auto up-down and pinch guard for driver’s window, tilt and telescopic steering, automatically folding wing mirrors and climate control.
The Sportz (O) variant adds,
Clutch Lock, smart Key, chromed door handles and alloy wheels.
The Asta variant adds,
Front passenger airbag, automatic headlamps, rear wiper and washer, and an additional 12 V power outlet.
From the list of features revealed, it is evident that Hyundai has scrapped many features that were available on the older-generation i20. Automatic wipers, an automatic gearbox for the petrol variant, a full complement of 6 airbags and disc brakes on the rear wheels are the major deletions.
These deletions, on a car that’s clearly more spacious than the outgoing model, serves to indicate that Hyundai might be looking at value-pricing for the i20 Elite, notwithstanding the “Elite” moniker. Also, the deletion of features mean that the current-generation i20 will be discontinued in India, with the i20 Elite replacing it.
Brochure scan courtesy Motorbeam