South Korean automaker Hyundai, which is India’s second largest car maker and the country’s top car exporter, has been spotted testing a cross variant of the recently launched Elite i20 hatchback. The B+ segment car, which is the most expensive hatchback that Hyundai has to offer in India, will soon see a cross version on the lines of the Fiat Avventura, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Toyota Etios Cross. The cross variant of the i20 Elite is expected to be pricier than the regular hatchback. Expect pricing of the i20 Elite based Cross to be similar to the recently launched Avventura crossover.
Based on the slew of Hyundai i20 Elite based Cross hatchback spyshots that have made their way onto the interweb, CarToq’s rendering artists have come up with speculative renders on how the final vehicle could look like. A 2015 launch for the i20 Elite based cross hatchback is on the cards now that the testing is already underway and given that changes are minimal. The car will get cladding around the body, projector headlamps borrowed from the Euro-spec i20 Elite and new alloy wheels. Other changes on the i20 Elite based cross model could include a higher ground clearance, underscoring the car’s crossover leanings.
In terms of engines and transmissions, the existing crop of 1.2 liter petrol and 1.4 liter turbo diesel engines from the Elite i20 hatchback are expected to be carried over to the Cross version. Also, the 5 speed and 6 speed manual transmissions, for the petrol and diesel engines respectively, will also make the cut into the Cross version. For Hyundai in India, the i20 elite based Cross variant will serve as a bridge model between the i20 Elite and the upcoming iX25 compact SUV, which is due for a first-half of 2015 launch.
The Hyundai i20 Elite based Cross will have the odds stacked against it considering the fact that India hasn’t warmed up to such cars yet. Multiple Cross variants based on hatchbacks, such as the Fiat Adventure, Skoda Fabia Scout, Volkswagen Polo Cross and the Toyota Etios Cross have failed to enthuse buyers, with only the Fiat Avventura showing a semblance of acceptance in the Indian market. On whether the i20 Elite based Cross variant finds enough takers in India is something that only time can tell.