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New Hyundai i20 Premium Hatchback Coming Soon — To Rival Upcoming Tata 45X Hatchback

Rahul Nagaraj

Hyundai is working on introducing its third-generation i20 premium hatchback sometime around 2020. According to Autocar India, the new Hyundai i20 is expected to come with improved refinement as well as a host of additional features and equipment.

Hyundai first introduced the i20 in the country sometime in 2012. The second-generation i20, currently on sale in India was later launched in 2014 and received a mild facelift in 2017.

The new-generation Hyundai i20 is expected to come with the same engine options as seen on their current model. However, these engines will be updated to comply with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms.

Currently, the Hyundai i20 Elite uses two powertrains: a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engine. The petrol version power unit produces 83bhp and 115Nm of torque while the diesel unit churns out 90bhp and 220Nm of torque.

Both engines come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the optional CVT transmission available for the petrol version only.

The current generation Hyundai i20 already comes loaded with a host of features and equipment. Although, the new model in 2020 can be expected with further additional features as well.

Standard features on the current-generation Hyundai i20: projector headlamps, LED DRL, cornering lights, electronically adjustable ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multi-function steering wheel and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

Other safety features also include six airbags (top-spec), ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors with camera, impact-sensing door lock/unlock, central locking, engine immobiliser and ISOFIX.

Thoughts On The New-Generation Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 takes on direct rivals such as the Honda Jazz and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The new-generation model will also take on competition from the upcoming Tata 45X premium hatchback. The Hyundai i20 currently comes with a price tag starting at Rs 5.43 lakh, ex-showroom (Delhi).

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