The premium hatchback category in India has witnessed a lot of actions in recent days. The segment-leader Maruti Suzuki Baleno received a comprehensive upgrade, while the Tata Altroz will soon get an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission. Meanwhile, one of the oldest contenders in this segment – Volkswagen Polo, is now discontinued. Keeping all these changing dynamics in sight, Hyundai has rejigged the variants of i20, with omission and introduction of features across its range.
A YouTube video from the channel of Drive Expo showcases the new changes introduced in the revised Sportz variant of the Hyundai i20. On the outside, while the new Hyundai i20 Sportz does not get any visual changes, it now rides on bigger 195/55 R16, which were available only in Asta and Asta (O) variants. Previously, the Sportz variant came equipped with smaller 185/65 R15 tyres.
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The Sportz variant continues to get a glossy-black front grille, halogen headlamps, projector fog lamps with daytime running LEDs, gunmetal-themed wheel caps, chrome window beltline, and LED tail lamps.
Changes inside the cabin as well
It is the cabin of the new Hyundai i20 Sportz, which has received a couple of noteworthy inclusions. The new Sportz variant of the hatchback now feels better equipped with the cruise control buttons on the multi-functional steering wheel and automatic climate control panel in the lower centre console. These two features are now available for the Sportz variant of 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel versions, but not 1.0-litre turbo-petrol.
Apart from these new features, the Sportz variant retains the erstwhile features like a fully-digital instrument console, steering-mounted audio, Bluetooth and voice command buttons, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, driver seat height adjustment, cooled glovebox and rear AC vents.
In addition to these changes in the Sportz variant, Hyundai has also revised the higher-spec Asta and Asta (O) variants. The Asta variant now gets electric sunroof and cruise control but now loses out on the bigger 10.25-inch touchscreen for the smaller 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
It now also misses out on connected car features. Coming to the top-spec Asta (O) variant, Hyundai has added a few voice commands for the Blue Link System, while the Magna variants now have a gunmetal theme for the wheel caps.
Same engine options as before
The Hyundai i20 is available with three engine options. First is the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, which produces 83 PS of power and 114 Nm of torque and is offered with a 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox.
Then comes the ubiquitous 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is solely available with a 6-speed manual gearbox and churns out 100 PS of power and 240 Nm of torque. There is also a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine on offer, which is offered with two transmission choices of a 6-speed iMT and a 7-speed DCT and pumps out 120 PS of power and 172 Nm of torque.
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