Hyundai is India’s second largest car manufacturer and they have a variety of products in their line up. Last year, Hyundai launched the all-new i20 in the market. It was completely different from the older Elite version and offered a much more premium look. The i20 is a premium hatchback and it competes with cars like Tata Altroz, Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo in the segment. The premium hatchback is actually available in three different engine options and came in Magna, Spotrz, Asta and Asta(O) trims. Hyundai is now planning to launch a basic low end variant of i20 in the market. The base Era trim of the new Hyundai i20 has already started arriving at dealerships and here we have a detailed walkaround video of the same.
The video has been uploaded by AutoTrend TV on their YouTube channel. In this video, the vlogger talks about how different the upcoming Era variant of Hyundai i20 is from others. Starting with the exteirors, the base Era variant misses out on gloss black finish on the front grille which is normally seen in other trims. The single projector headlamp which was available as standard is also removed. Era version gets regular halogen headlamps with turn indicators integrated inside the cluster. It does not offer any LED DRLs. It also misses out on projector LED fog lamps.
Looking at the car, it is quite evident that this Era version is different from other trims as it looks too basic. Coming to the side profile, the turn indicators are installed on side fenders and the ORVMs are manually adjustable. The i20 Era trim gets 14 inch steel rims with it. Hyundai continues to offer body coloured door handles and ORVMs in Era trims which is a relief.
As we move to the rear, the car gets Z shaped tail lamps but, they come with halogen lamps instead of LEDs. The connecting reflector bar between the tail lights also miss on the chrome garnish which actually looks good. Just like the exteriors, interior of the Hyundai i20 is also very basic. There is infotainment system or speaker available in the premium hatchback. It misses out on steering mounted control and the instrument cluster on the i20 Era is the same unit seen on Magna trims.
One of the feature that is missing on i20 is steering adjustments. Driver cannot adjust the steering for reach and rake. This is a feature that is now available as standard in many small hatchbacks. Hyundai might have removed this feature to keep the price in check. Fit and finish of the plastic panels and switches on the dashboard remain decent. The seats get fabric seat covers and only the front seats get power windows. Rear AC vents, central locking and vanity mirrors are also missing on the Era variant. Hyundai offers i20 with a 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, a 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine and a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The upcoming base Era variant is expected to be offered with 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engine options.