The Hyundai i20 Active is the latest entrant in India’s hatchback based Crossover segment. The i20 Active Cross is a raised version of the Hyundai i20 Elite, and the car also features different visual cues. Apart from the new styling that gives the i20 Active a new look, the feel of the vehicle has also been engineered to suit the taller stance and the outdoorsy appeal that the car projects in its latest iteration. With the official launch scheduled for 17th March, the price announcement is just around the corner. Before that though, here are five things you need to know about the Hyundai i20 Active.
- The i20 Active features a 190 mm ground clearance. Now, this is a full 20 mm bump up over the 170 mm ground clearance of the i20 Elite hatchback. The Cross variant of the i20 doesn’t just look the part, but actually goes one step ahead to deliver the goods that will actually make it tick in Indian road conditions.
- The i20 Active retains the 1.2 liter Kappa petrol and 1.4 liter CRDI turbo diesel engines, which get the same power and torque outputs as on the i20 Elite. However, the ECU sees a re-tuning, which combines with revised gear ratios to give the car a better low rpm response. Mileage, on both petrol and diesel variants, falls marginally.
- The suspension gets re-tuned to handle bad road conditions better. We’ll soon find out how these changes actually stack up when we drive the car on Saturday.
- The styling gets a host of revised cues. The front end gets a chunkier bumper with more prominently placed fog lamps. The grille is all new. Body cladding is generously used around the car and the rear features a new bumper. Both the front and rear bumpers also get inserts to go with the overall look of the car, while the alloy wheel design is also new. Roof rails and a satin finished fuel filler cap round off the exterior changes.
- Projector headlamps with cornering function is another new feature on the i20 Active. The interiors of the car gain a new twin tone finish – Black with Orange inserts, and a dual tone Black and Blue scheme. These changes apart, the i20 Active is pretty much the i20 Elite in terms of the features it offers buyers.