The country's second largest passenger vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) on Wednesday launched its iconic premium compact - the new 2018 Elite i20 - priced between Rs 5.35 lakh and Rs 9.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The top-end petrol Asta (O) petrol starts from Rs. 7.9 lakhs while the diesel powered model is priced at Rs. 9.15 lakhs. The new i20 is a facelift version of the outgoing model with some significant cosmetic as well as feature updates. Talking of the front, its grill and bumpers will also look changed.
The launch of the new Elite i20 sees Hyundai ditch the more powerful 1.4-litre petrol engine and the ancient automatic gearbox.
The auto comes with various safety features like dual airbags as standard feature. The 1.4 liter turbocharged CRDI diesel engine with 89 Bhp-220 Nm will be retained, with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The organization, plans to launch an electric vehicle one year from now and is also preparing for the conceivable rebound of its mainstream show Santro around Diwali this year.
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The 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 is a representation of the advancements made by the company in understanding the Indian buyer. The screen also is more responsive, while the inclusions like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are something continued from the previous gen. i20.
Other new design features on the new 2018 Elite i20 for India include two-piece tail lamps that wrap around the rear end of the vehicle, a two-tone rear bumper and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Starting with the design, the new Elite i20 comes loaded with come improved grille and bumper design along with reshaped fog lamps.
Hyundai has dropped the 1.4 liter petrol engine and 4 speed torque converter combination from the facelifted model.