Hyundai is currently the second largest car manufacturer in India after Maruti Suzuki. They have been present in our market for over two decades and have a number of hot selling cars in their line up. Even during this difficult pandemic Hyundai was able to launch several models in the market. The South Korean automaker launched Grand 1io NIOS turbo, diesel version of Elantra, facelifted Tucson, Verna and the all-new Hyundai Creta. The next big launch coming from the manufacturer this year is the all-new Hyundai i20 premium hatchback which has been spotted on our roads, and even in dealerships a couple of times. Here we have a drive review video of the upcoming Hyundai i20 that explains what it feels like on the road.
The review video has been uploaded by Autogefuel on their youtube channel. We are yet to get our hands on the new i20 but, international markets have already started getting it. The front of the upcoming i20 is definitely all new. It is entirely different from the one that we currently have here. The Indian version would be looking more or less the same only.
Starting with the front, it gets a wide and deep front grille with diamond pattern inside it. The headlamps look like an extension of the grille with LED lights and DRLs in it. The bumper looks muscular and the triangle shaped garnish around the projector fog lamp adds to the character of the car. There is a black lip on the lower part of the bumper as well.
New-gen Hyundai i20 has become wider and the wheelbase is also more than the current version. What this means is that it now offers more space on the inside. It gets a sharp and sporty looking design on the side profile too. The multi spoke alloy wheels look great but, India might be getting a different design.
The rear also gets Z shaped split LED tail lamps and the muscular design is seen here as well. There is a reflector bar running between the lamps which is now becoming common in modern day Hyundai cars. On the inside, it has totally redesigned interior layout with dual tone finish to it. It offers features like a huge touchscreen infotainment screen, fully digital instrument cluster, multi function steering wheel and so on. Indian version is expected to get an AC vent and a sunroof which is missing in the international version.
The version seen in the video is the 1.0 litre, three cylinder turbo petrol engine. Euro spec i20 gets a 48v mild hybrid system 120 Ps. The same engine will be available in India but, we won’t be getting the mild hybrid technology. The engine is the same that is seen in Venue and is expected to generate 120 Ps of power only. The presenter felt very confident while driving the new i20, there was enough feedback from the steering and the car felt very calm and composed even at higher speeds. Euro spec model had several safety aids like lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection installed in it.
Overall, the presenter felt good about the car and said that it definitely is one of the best car in the segment. Hyundai is expected to launch the i20 in India with a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated engine, 1.0 litre turbo petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The India launch is slated for 5th November 2020.