Hyundai Elite i20 gets additional features ahead of Maruti Baleno Facelift’s launch

India’s leading auto manufacturer Hyundai has updated the features list of the new 2019 batch of Elite i20. The premium hatchback competes with likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz in the segment. December was an excellent month for Hyundai as the car maker sold more Elite i20s than the Maruti Suzuki Baleno for the first time ever.

To continue the successful streak, the following updates have been made on the Elite i20 lineup. These updates come at a time when Maruti is readying up a facelifted version of the Baleno. The facelifted Maruti Baleno is just weeks away from launch.

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Starting with the base Era MT variant, the hatchback now comes equipped with parking sensors and Eco Coating. Next in line is Magna, which now has been rechristened as the Magna+. It now comes equipped with a host of features like Bluetooth, steering-mounted audio controls, voice recognition, chrome grille, keyless entry, DRL+fog lamps, front map lamps along with rear parking sensors. Getting to the upper strata of the hyundai model lineup, next in row are the Sportz and Asta variants, which have now been combined to make a new Sportz+ variant.

The new Sportz+ variant now features 15-inch gunmetal alloys (single-tone variant), 16-inch diamond cut alloys (dual-tone variant), chrome grille surround, Arkamys AVN system with smartphone connectivity, rear parking camera & sensors, sliding front armrest and tilt/telescopic steering. The CVT and dual-tone Sportz+ variants get wireless charging. On the other hand, the dual-tone variant gets adjustable rear headrests apart from the aforementioned features.

Then comes the top of the line Asta (O) variant, which has not been tinkered with much. The variant now comes with the option of the CVT gearbox and also gets wireless charging feature. The Sportz+ variant also comes with a CVT transmission option which, however is not the case with lower trims such as the Era and Magna+ variants. The Sportz+ dual-tone model comes with black ORVMs, adding to the sportiness of the hatchback.

The updates, however, are limited to features and exteriors only as the engine and other mechanical configuration has been kept the same. The Hyundai i20 Elite comes with both petrol and diesel powertrains. The diesel engine is a powerful 1.4 liter CRDI U2 unit, which makes 89 Bhp of power along with 220 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. As for the petrol engine offered, a 1.2 liter VTVT unit does the duty which churns out with 82 Bhp of power along with 114 Nm of torque is standard. This engine gets 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options.

The Hyundai Elite i20 received a facelift early last year, and a full model change is expected to happen in 2020. Until then though, the Elite i20 will continue unchanged. The premium hatchback retails at Rs. 5.43 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base Era variant going all the way upto Rs. 9.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top of the line Asta(O) variant.