Hyundai India has just released official sketches of the i20 Active Cross, a high riding hatchback based on the i20 Elite. Along with the new sketches, the automaker has also announced that the car will be launched in March 2015. Like its hatchback sibling, the i20 Active has been styled at the South Korean automaker’s Russelsheim design center at Germany. The car will be built in India, and will also be exported from here. The automaker’s Sriperumbudur factory will function as a global export base for the i20 Active. The car’s export numbers are expected to chiefly come from emerging markets of the world.
Coming to the changes that the i20 Active is fettled with, you get a new front grille, body cladding all around, 16 inch alloy wheels with a new design, projector headlamps, new front and rear bumpers, reflectors on the rear bumper, roof rails, new badges and bumper inserts. Under the skin, the suspension is said to have been beefed up for a higher ground clearance and better bad road handing ability. The mechanicals remain the same though. The 1.2 liter Kappa2 petrol engine with 82 Bhp-115 Nm and a 1.4 liter U2 CRDI turbo diesel engine with 89 Bhp-200 Nm outputs, work with 5 speed and 6 speed manual transmissions respectively.
An automatic transmission and an all wheel drive system will not be a part of the equation. In terms of variants. Hyundai is expected to go easy on the number of variants it offers the i20 Active Cross. Apart from selling the car with a limited number of variants, Hyundai is likely to price the variants at 40,000-50,000 rupee premiums over equivalent variants of the i20 Elite. While this pricing strategy will help differentiate the i20 Active Cross from its hatchback sibling, it will also give Hyundai enough breathing space to bring in the iX25 Compact SUV – the South Korean automaker’s first ever – at a competitive price tag.