Hyundai i20 Elite Facelift: Here are brand new spyshots of the uncamouflaged Maruti Baleno challenger

Hyundai i20 Elite Facelift: Here are brand new spyshots of the uncamouflaged Maruti Baleno challenger

Hyundai will launch the facelifted i20 Elite at the 2018 Auto Expo, and the car has already started reaching  dealerships. Here is another set of i20 Elite Facelift spyshots, fully revealed of course. The i20 Elite Facelift is blue looks quite appealing, but the changes to the car’s looks are quite minimal. Hyundai got the design right the first time around, and hasn’t tinkered with it much, which is a good thing.

The front end shows a revised grille and bumper design, and that’s pretty much it. The profile of the car shows off a new alloy wheels design, and at the rear, the bumper sees mild tweaks as well. There’s only one major mechanical change on the car. The 1.2 liter Kappa petrol engine (82 Bhp-115 Nm) now gets paired to a CVT automatic gearbox option. However, the lower variants will continue to use a 5 speed manual gearbox.

The diesel engine that displaces 1.4 liter and makes 89 Bhp-220 Nm will also be carried over unchanged, along with the 6 speed manual gearbox. The 1.4 liter petrol engine, previously available with a 4 speed torque converter, has been dropped from the i20 Elite Facelift’s engine line-up. This makes sense as the bigger petrol engine resulted in Hyundai having to pay higher excise duties to the government, in turn raising the price of the car.

On the inside, the i20 Elite Facelift shows a dashboard design that’s similar to the outgoing variant. However, the touchscreen infotainment unit on the dashboard seems to have become bigger. The touchscreen unit is expected to gain Smartphone infotainment apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A few more features are likely to be added to the car while overall pricing is expected to be similar to the outgoing model (starting price of about Rs. 5.3 lakhs). The i20 Elite Facelift will be Hyundai’s first launch for 2018.

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