Hyundai has released two official images of the upcoming Hyundai i20 facelift. As evident from the photos, the new i20 gets fluidic front design and a few changes in the rear including new tail lamp cluster. The car’s dimensions remain largely unchanged. The changes in the interior are not yet revealed.
The i20’s front resembles its siblings such as the Verna, i10 and the recently launched Eon. The clamshell bonnet is in sync with modern premium hatchback designs while the hexagonal lower air dam gives the new i20, a sporty appeal. The gentle-looking headlamps and leaf-shaped fog lamps give the i20, an elegant look.
The i20’s side profile reveals new alloy wheels and chrome door handles. The overall design of the facelift version closely matches with the current model. The new i20’s rear has redesigned tail lamp cluster with a curved array of reverse lamps and turn indicators. The red reflectors integrated to the rear bumper give the car, a contemporary look.
Overall, the new i20 feels fresh and more dynamic with its fluidic curves than the outgoing model.
The refreshed i20 will likely come with the i10’s 1.2-litre, VVT petrol motor that puts out 79 bhp of power while the 1.4-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel motor of the outgoing model will be retained as such.
The 1.4 litre petrol engine develops a healthy 100 bhp of power but comes only with an automatic transmission. The diesel variant sports a 1.4 litre CRDi engine that puts out 89 bhp and is mated to 5-speed manual transmission. Summing up, overall performance and mileage of the new i20 will likely be similar to the present model.
The i20 is already loaded with features and hence, there is little room for Hyundai to offer more features in the upcoming i20 facelift. With regard to price, the new i20 may get a mild price hike due to the cosmetic changes. At present, the i20 petrol is priced in the range of Rs. 4.59 lakh – 8.09 lakh while the i20 diesel is priced in the range of Rs. 5.70 lakh – 7.45 lakh.
Hyundai may likely launch the i20 facelift version in April 2012. Bookings of the new model have already commenced. Some dealers are converting the bookings of old i20 to new i20.