We now have live pics of the new Hyundai i20 that made its world debut earlier this week. In India, a big market for Hyundai, the new B-segment hatchback (VW Polo, Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio are rivals) is badged as the Elite i20, and that’s the car we’re focusing on here.
At 40 mm longer than before at 4,035 mm, the i20 is one of the few superminis to break the four-metre mark. That increase has been incorporated into the wheelbase, now 45 mm longer at 2,570 mm. Hyundai says that legroom and the 320 litre boot are best in class. Indian models get a smaller 285 litre boot, likely because of a full-sized spare tyre.
The Indian market gets two engine choices, a 83 PS/115 Nm 1.2L Kappa petrol and a 90 PS/220 Nm 1.4L U2 turbodiesel. Both are paired with manual gearboxes, five speeds for the petrol and six for the oil burner. An automatic gearbox will be introduced for the petrol engine soon.
Four trim levels – Era, Magna, Sportz, Asta – are available, with prices starting from 4.9 lakhs (RM25,529) for the basic petrol. The range topping Asta Diesel goes for 7.67 lakhs (RM39,986) and includes things like smart key with push start, auto headlamps, auto air con with ioniser, reverse camera, steering controls and Bluetooth, among other kit.
The previous i20 never made it here to replace the Getz, but this one could follow the path of the Volkswagen Polo, which is assembled in Malaysia with KD packs from India. Would you like to see it here?