South Korean automaker Hyundai has launched the 2015 i20 Elite in India. The i20 Elite’s prices start from 4.9 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. Notably, India is the first market to receive the i20 Elite, and is the third Hyundai car to see a world premiere in this part of the world, after the likes of the Eon and the Grand i10. This move from Hyundai also underscores the important of the Indian car market in the South Korean automaker’s overall scheme of things.
Hyundai i20 Elite variant wise, introductory pricing that reflects ex-showroom Delhi figures,
- Era 4.89 lakh rupees/6.09 lakh rupees
- Magna 5.41 lakh rupees/6.61 lakh rupees
- Sportz 5.93 lakh rupees/7.13 lakh rupees
- Asta 6.42 lakh rupees/7.66 lakh rupees
The i20 Elite is a second generation model, and the hatchback replaces the older i20 in India. The same approach is likely in other international markets as well. Based on a modified version of the previous generation i20 platform that the i20 Elite shares with the iX20 compact SUV, the new hatchback’s interiors are more capacious than the outgoing model, in terms of wheelbase and width. However, the height remains the same with the length marginally shorter. The ground clearance of the i20 Elite gets a bump up to 170 mm, compared to the outgoing car’s 165 mm. A 285 liter boot and a 60:40 split for the rear seat round off the car’s interiors.
In terms of design, the 2015 i20 Elite adopts a Fluidic 2.0 design philosophy, making for a less curvier car but one that still embodies the hexagonal grille up front and other design flourishes based on the Fluidic philosophy. The car gets completely revamped interiors, with a new dashboard and an upmarket finish. In terms of equipment, the i20 Elite actually omits a few features that were offered on the outgoing model, and these deletions explain the sharp pricing.
The i20 Elite gets two engine options, a 1.2 liter Kappa naturally aspirated petrol motor (82 Bhp-115 Nm) and a 1.4 liter CRDI turbo diesel motor (89 Bhp-220 Nm). Both engine get 5 speed and 6 speed manual transmissions. Hyundai has omitted the 1.4 liter petrol engine-4 speed automatic gearbox combination, perhaps due to the low sales that such variant garners. The petrol powered i20 comes with an ARAI certified mileage figure of 18.6 Kmpl while the diesel powered model manages 22.54 Kmpl.
Competition for the Hyundai i20 Elite will come from the likes of the recently launched Fiat Punto EVO 90 HP and the upcoming, facelifted Volkswagen Polo GT TDI and TSI twins. The i20 Elite will also have to contend with top end variants of the Maruti Suzuki Swift. India will be a major production hub for the i20 Elite and the car will be exported to countries across the globe. First launched in 2008, Hyundai has sold over 7.3 lakh units of the i20 and the South Korean automaker plans to continue this good run with the second generation, i20 Elite.