Hyundai has finally launched the Elite i20 CVT Automatic in India. The premium hatchback’s automatic model is available in two variants, Magna and Asta. The Magna variant is priced at Rs. 7.04 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, while the Asta variant is priced at Rs. 8.16 lakhs. This makes the Hyundai Elite i20 CVT slightly cheaper than the Maruti Baleno CVT, which starts from Rs. 7.1 lakhs. The Elite i20 CVT also undercuts the Honda Jazz CVT, which starts from Rs. 7.71 lakhs.
Hyundai offers a 1.2 litre-4 cylinder petrol engine with the CVT automatic gearbox. The motor makes 83 Bhp-114 Nm, and is also available with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The i20 Elite is also sold with a turbocharged diesel engine, which puts out 89 Bhp-220 Nm, and is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The i20 CVT will be targeted at those seeking a refined, comfortable city car that gets premium features.
Talking features, the i20 Elite gets ABS and airbags as standard. The facelifted version was introduced at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. However, the CVT variant wasn’t launched then. Hyundai dealers across India are now accepting bookings for the i20 Elite CVT, whose deliveries will begin soon. The car has got a sprucing up through the facelift, along with new features. All the changes have been carried over to the CVT automatic variant.
CVT automatic gearboxes are among the most refined gearboxes, allowing seamless progress. They’re nearly jerk-free, and save for the rubberband effect that becomes prominent when the accelerator pedal is mashed, CVT automatic gearboxes are known for their smoothness. Every premium hatchback sold in India, save for the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, now gets a CVT automatic gearbox option, indicating that this gearbox is getting quite popular. Expect more cars to get the CVT automatic gearbox option as Indians opt for convenience and driving comfort.