It’s no secret that Hyundai has already begun working on the all-new, second generation Hyundai Elite i20, which in the i20 family line will actually be the third generation model as far as India is concerned. The car could take styling cues from the recently facelifted Hyundai Elantra D-Segment sedan. Here is a speculative render that shows what the Elantra-inspired, next generation Hyundai i20 Elite could look like.
The render essentially transposes the facelifted Hyundai Elantra’s front-end onto the Elite i20, giving the hatchback a very sharp look up front. In fact, future Hyundais may dump the curves for a much more sharper look, as previewed on the Hyundai Elantra. The headlamps get more angular while the front bumper is much more sharper. LED DRLs and a new front grille complete the revised look. The rest of the car is more or less the current-gen i20 Elite.
While stylistic changes are more or less a given on the next-generation Hyundai i20 Elite, the car will also get a major mechanical revision. The 1.2 litre Kappa VTVT petrol engine is expected to be replaced by a 1.0 litre-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol unit. The turbocharged petrol engine could add more power and torque, and is also expected to be more fuel efficient. It’ll also be ready to meet the upcoming Bharat Stage (BS) 6 emission norms.
Currently, the Hyundai Elite i20 is also available with a 1.4 litre U2 CRDI turbocharged diesel engine, with 89 Bhp-220 Nm on tap. This engine gets a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. It remains to be seen whether Hyundai persists with diesel engines on its sub-4 meter cars even after the BS6 emission norms kick in. What’s more likely to happen is a hybrid petrol engine replacing the diesel motor post-2020. The new car is also expected to be electric powertrain ready.