The Hyundai Elite i20 is among the top-selling premium hatchbacks in India. The Korean manufacturer is currently developing the new generation model of the car and it has already been spied testing in India a couple of days back. However, the i20 has been caught testing once again in Europe this time. The spy shots here by motor1 give a good look at the car. Note that this one is the Europen spec model of the i20 and the Indian version will be slightly different from this, though most of it would remain the same.
What is evident from these spy shots is that the car has grown in size, though the difference is not quite substantial. The fascia now looks sharper than the outgoing model with the headlamps having an angular design. The hexagonal grille now has a more squatted design which gives the car a sporty look while the bumper has been redesigned. The Hyundai Elite i20 is considered to be stylish hatchback in India but this generation update adds to the aggressiveness of its design.
The rear end is quite heavily camouflaged and hence much can’t be decoded here. What is evident though is that it gets LED brake lights. The ORVMs are sleeker and sharper in design. The stance from the rear seems to be similar to the current generation car. The test vehicle is seen running on stylish rims that are similar to the one seen on the test mule spied in India. Apart from the exteriors, the interiors of the car will receive an update too. What can be expected is a larger touchscreen infotainment system which is likely to come with the Bluelink connectivity feature, updated instrument cluster as well as a new dashboard design. There will be no dearth of features on this car which is a typical Hyundai trait.
The new Hyundai Elite i20 will be built on the updated version of the current car’s platform. As for the engines, no official details are out yet but expect it to come with the upgraded, BS-VI engine versions of the outgoing model. The petrol engine may come linked to a standard 5-speed MT or an optional CVT. The diesel engine will probably remain paired with a 6-speed MT. The new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 7-speed DCT could also possibly make an appearance on the new Hyundai Elite i20.
Expect the car to be launched next year, most probably before the BSVI norms kick in. It will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno as usual but the real challenge will lie in the form of the Tata Altroz. this is because the Altroz looks quite promising and recent cars from Tata are quite well rounded.