The Hyundai i20 (Elite) has been one of the most wildly successful models for the Korean carmaker in India. The premium-ish hatchback segment is one that has continued to perform very well in our country, and the Hyundai Elite i20 has been really good at attracting customers at every point in its life cycle. Come November, the next-generation Hyundai i20 should be finally arriving at showrooms. This is some really good news for all those that have been waiting for the third-generation i20, which was officially launched worldwide back in February 2020. However, given the global pandemic, Hyundai had to delay the launch of the all-new i20 in India – a debut during Diwali season will help the ball rolling quite well, though.
To ensure that it gets as much traction in the public eye as possible, Hyundai has gone ahead and thoroughly redesigned the i20 in almost all aspects. While most of the spy shots of this car haven’t been able to reveal a whole lot more about the changes made to it for our market, the fundamental design and styling aren’t expected to vary significantly. So, the front-end of the upcoming new-generation i20 will feature a large ‘cascading’ grille typical of many modern-day Hyundai models, along with contemporary-looking LED headlamps, a low-slung bonnet, and a completely overhauled front bumper. The side profile of the new i20 looks sportier yet classy, while the new range of alloy wheels, sloping roofline, and some stellar bodywork mean that this is one of the best-looking hatchbacks in the segment.
At the back, the new-generation Hyundai i20 comes with wraparound tail lamps with its own unique LED running lights. Then there is also the bumper, which is now a more integrated-looking unit and features the license plate holder as well. Overall, the all-new Hyundai i20 is bound to be especially appealing for the young generation of car buyers. Moving on to the interior of this new iteration, the layout of the center console is such that it has been tilted slightly towards the driver, making its controls far easier to access without having to stretch too much. The international spec of the new i20 comes with dual, 10.25-inch screens – one in front of the driver (in the shape of a digital instrument cluster) and another a ‘floating’ touch unit for the upgraded infotainment system.
However, the digital driver’s display may or may not make it to the Indian market. And even if it does, only expect it in higher trim levels. Hyundai has also invested in transforming the interior of the next-generation i20 into a tangibly more premium experience than before. The steering wheel looks positively upmarket, while the toggle switches for the automatic climate control system and stylistic grooves on the dashboard with their integrated aircon vents, all work together in uplifting the overall mood inside the cabin. You can also expect more rear legroom now as Hyundai has given the wheelbase of the new-generation i20 a little stretch. Parked right next to the outgoing model, this new one is slightly longer, appreciably wider, and sits lower as well.
The boot space of the all-new Hyundai i20 has been given a bump, too. It is now larger by 25 litres and thus, can carry 351 litres of luggage. The list of features might include tech such as full-LED headlamps, an electronic sunroof, smart entry with push-button start, automatic climate control with rear AC vents, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, LED ambient lighting, cruise control, a wireless phone charger, and even a premium Bose sound system. While exact powertrain specifications for India haven’t been made official, the upcoming Hyundai i20 should be available with three engine choices and about four different transmission types. Of course, all the engines on offer will be BS6 compliant. In an era where diesel engines are not too common in new cars, the new-generation Hyundai i20 will likely be available with one – a unit picked straight from the Creta, at that.