2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift to have visual overhauls, added equipment and improved safety features to up the ante in the premium hatchback segment
In the premium hatchback segment, the Hyundai Elite i20 had long been the bestseller before Maruti Suzuki Baleno arrived in late 2015 to give a stealthy competition. Despite much fanfare, the Elite i20 has managed to keep its stead against Baleno by regularly averaging 10,000 units of sales every month while contributing to Hyundai’s holding its second position in the industry along with the top-selling Creta and Grand i10 but things have changed of late.
Maruti rolled out the RS version of Baleno to up its game further amidst Elite i20 getting periodic updates that are just not too dramatic. Since launching in September 2014, the visual makeovers Elite i20 has received are next to nothing. In order to stay in course though, Hyundai seems to be preparing a comprehensive facelift and the first glimpses of it have come to light recently.
The refreshed Elite i20 had also been spotted with fully camouflaged body yet again and this time on foreign roads. Hyundai left the grille exposed to the camera in an earlier spy shot and it definitely pointed the finger at the global-spec new i30. The hexagonal ‘cascading grille’ with vertical chrome slats resides between the sleeker projector lamps with LED Daytime Running Lights.
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The Hyundai badge is housed between the first and second slat of the grille assembly as in the new i30 or as a matter of fact in the upcoming Verna and the recently launched Elantra. It coheres with the design of the facelifted i10 and Xcent, and expect it to be more premium than the current state. The bumper will likely come redesigned and angular as well.
No big changes are expected on the sides as the mid-life makeover may just stick with a newly designed set of alloy wheels and some sporty panache. The rear profile seems to have received quite a few changes too but the protruded design is believed to remain intact with minor visual modifications. The alloy wheels spotted here resemble a trendy upmarket design that could be offered in the top-spec variants. As for the powertrain, Hyundai may decide to go with the existing lineup.
The 1.4-litre U2 CRDi oil-burner is good enough to develop a maximum power output of 90 PS at 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm torque at 1,500-2,750 rpm. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission. The base petrol is a 1.2-litre Kappa Dual VTVT that produces 83 PS at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. It is linked with a five-speed manual only. The more powerful 1.4-litre Dual VTVT gasoline motor pumps out 100 PS at 6,000 rpm and 132 Nm at 4,000 rpm torque.
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It can be had with a four-speed automatic ‘box sending power to the front wheels. Hyundai could add a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine found in the Euro-spec i10. It generates 120 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque and could harbinger a dedicated hotter N version. Advertisement We have already said that the new i20 could make debut at the 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo next February before going on sale in the following months.
Recent reports emerged on the internet reiterated the same. Currently, the Elite i20 is priced between Rs. 5.35 lakh and Rs. 9.07 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and expect the facelift to have a premium of around Rs. 30,000-40,000 when it reaches showrooms. The 2017 Elite i20 was treated with dual-tone exterior and orange inserts to the all-black theme as MY updates but we predict the facelift to gain significant interior add-ons and improved safety features.
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