The Hyundai i20 Elite facelift has been testing on Indian roads for a few months now. It has now been spied on video. The premium hatchback will be launched next year, and Hyundai is expected to showcase it at the upcoming 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The i20 Elite will feature many cosmetic changes but the mechanicals are expected to be carried over from the present version. Prices will also more or less be similar to those of the existing version.
Coming to the visual changes, the i20 facelift will get a cascade grille design and a reprofiled bumper as the major changes at the front. New fog lamp enclosures will house LED DRLs. At the rear, there will be a new bumper, new tail lamps and the registration plate will move to the bootlid, calling for a minor redesign of the bootlid. The interiors are expected to get a few tweaks to make them more modern.
A touchscreen infotainment console with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity systems are expected to be offered on the car. The car is expected to be offered with 1.2 liter (82 Bhp-114 Nm) and 1.4 liter (99 Bhp-134 Nm) petrol engines, and a 1.4 liter turbocharged diesel (89 Bhp-220 Nm). The smaller petrol and diesel engines will get 5 speed and 6 speed manual gearboxes. The bigger petrol engine will get a 4 speed automatic gearbox.
The i20 Elite has been a best-seller for Hyundai and is one of the highest selling premium hatchbacks of India, second only to the Maruti Baleno. The latest facelift will give the i20 Elite a chance to attract more buyers and keep it fresh for 2-3 more years, after which Hyundai will launch an all-new car. These changes are expected to be carried over to the Hyundai i20-based Active crossover as well. The Active crossover is expected to get a facelift a few months after the hatchback version.