The all-new Hyundai i20 entered the Indian market with much song & dance back in November 2020. Replacement of the much revered and successful Elite i20, this next-generation avatar had big shoes to fill. But while its launch was a rejoicing moment for Hyundai, there was no denying that the timing could have been better. The nation was just beginning to emerge from the wrath of the pandemic, with many still ignoring auto purchases. Fortunately for the Korean automaker, the situation had improved enough for prospective car buyers to take note of the happenings in the market. And at the time, few launches were as awaited as that of the all-new Hyundai i20.
In just over a month’s time, the successor to the Elite i20 had garnered over 30,000 bookings! This was despite the fact that the new model was anything but cheap – priced between Rs 6.80 Lakh to Rs 11.33 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, this didn’t (and hasn’t) deterred people from flocking to the showrooms (or in front of their computers). With orders pouring in, the all-new Hyundai i20’s waiting period started creeping upwards. Depending on where you live and which variant you have selected, that waiting game could last up to 3 months. Regardless of those factors, the minimum waiting period currently stands at 4 weeks (or 1 month).
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One of the lowest waiting period for the all-new i20 is in cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Jaipur. On the flipside, some of the highest waiting period can be found in places like Coimbatore, Patna, Pune, and Surat. In the meantime, keep in mind that the above-mentioned prices were only applicable till December 31, 2020. This is because they were special introductory prices, though Hyundai is yet to announce the revised figures for the all-new i20. Needless to say, I doubt the new (and understandably higher) prices will detract those willing to buy this hatchback. Hyundai mentioned that the maximum number of orders it has received have been for the Asta and Asta (O) variants.
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Being the top-spec variants of the all-new i20, the Asta and Asta (O) cars come packed with features and equipment. Their catalogue takes into account safety kit such as 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Assist Control (HAC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and parking sensors with a reversing camera. Some of the other features include automatic LED headlamps, a digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, and an electric sunroof. Hyundai has also thrown in an air purifier and a 7-speaker Bose audio system for good measure. The all-new i20 is available with three engine options – a 1.5-liter turbo-diesel, 1.0-liter turbo-petrol, and a 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated petrol four-cylinder.