Next-generation 2020 Hyundai i20 teased in official sketches
Hyundai Motors has released design sketches of the next-generation Hyundai i20 premium hatchback. The new i20 will be launched in India in the latter half of 2020 after it makes its debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The new i20 will go up against the likes of the Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Honda Jazz and so on.
The sketches show that the i20 carries the new Hyundai design philosophy as seen on the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Hyundai Aura. So you get another interpretation of the large cascading grille, the wide, swept-back lamps and sharp cuts in the bumpers. The side profile is again a development of the Nios, with a strong character line that flows through the length of the car, meeting a prominent buttress around the tail lamps. These lamps are large and angular, while there's another distinct C-pillar element, much like the Nios and Aura. The hatch gets another black element on its top half, a bit like the Altroz which merges into a concave middle section and onto a sharp rear bumper. We think much of these exaggerated surfaces will be toned down in production form, as will the oversized wheels.
The interiors of the new i20 haven't been revealed yet, but we expect it to get the same dual-screen cockpit as on the Venue and Nios. We expect a similar play of different materials and trims and features like eight-inch infotainment with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, a sunroof, the Blue Link suite of connected-car tech. Engine options should mirror that of newer Hyundais. So expect the 1.2-litre petrol with 83PS and 113Nm. The 1.0-litre turbo could come in the same state of tune as in the Venue, with 120PS/173Nm. Further, the 1.4-litre 90PS/220Nm diesel from the Venue is also expected to make an appearance here. Aside from a 6-speed manual, expect the turbo-petrol to get a 7-speed DCT option and the diesel a 6-speed torque converter.
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