After silently introducing a new petrol engine, additional safety features and the much awaited automatic transmission (only in the i20 hatchback) for the new i20 range, Hyundai India today officially announced their arrival. The Korean car maker has added the new 1.4-litre petrol motor to the i20's engine range that comes paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Along with it, Hyundai has also equipped to the top-of-the-line Asta (O) models of the i20 and the SX model of the i20 Active crossover (both petrol and diesel) with six airbags.
The i20 Asta (O) petrol is priced at ₹ 7,75,828, while the Asta (O) diesel is priced at ₹ 8,99,992 (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi). Prices for both grades have seen a hike of around ₹ 15,000 over the outgoing rates. The autobox has been made available on the mid-level Magna trim, priced at ₹ 9,01,812 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Announcing the introduction of Automatic Transmission and additional safety features, Rakesh Srivastava, Sr. VP - Sales & Marketing, HMIL, said "The Hyundai i20 is super performer brand in the premium compact segment. Hyundai has developed a solid reputation for quality, design, performance and premium features. As customer-centric, our goal is to enhance the overall value proposition of i20 brand and make it more aspirational and desirable for the wide range of different people."
The new 1.4-litre Dual VTVT, four-cylinder petrol engine is listed on Hyundai India's website, and an official launch can be expected in the following days. The motor is capable of producing 98bhp of power at 6000rpm and 132Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The 4-speed torque converter doing duty here is the same unit that is seen on the Verna 4S and Grand i10. The i20 automatic does not get any specific feature additions but misses out on several features instead like ABS, reverse parking sensors, front fog lamps, auto headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system, smart key, projector lights, DRLs and much more.
Hyundai i20 Interior
Clearly, Hyundai has opted for the mid-trim to keep the asking price competitive, but we could see the automaker introduce the auto transmission on the premium variants later, based on the demand. With the more powerful engine and an automatic transmission, Hyundai is taking the fight to the likes of Ford Figo 1.5 AT, Volkswagen Polo 1.2 GT, Honda Jazz CVT as well as the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS.
Talking about the additional airbags, Hyundai has added side and curtain airbags to the i20, which incidentally were available on the first generation versions of the model along with rear disc brakes. However, the company discontinued both the features as well as the sunroof with the current generation model went on sale. Nevertheless, the safety feature is a big welcome and makes the premium hatchback, the second model of its kind get the same after the Ford Figo automatic.
Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi)
|1.2 Kappa Dual VTVT 5-Speed Manual Asta (O)||₹ 775,828|
|1.4L U2 CRDi 6-Speed Manual Asta (O)||₹ 899,992|
|1.4L MPi Dual VTVT 4-Speed Automatic Magna||₹ 901,812|
|i20 Active Variants||
Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi)
|1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT 5-Speed Manual SX||₹ 833,467|
|1.4L U2 CRDi 6-Speed Manual SX||₹ 971,269|
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