I 20! Who is not familiar with this name? When it came out, it was one of the few options that brought great quality and luxury to the masses while being practical and affordable.
It is truly a premium hatch. It won Indian hearts for its value-for-money proposition, and completely dominated the Indian premium hatchback segment. But, as of now, facing heavy pressure from its rival, the Maruti-Suzuki Baleno, it plans to release a fresh one in its 2023 guise.
So what’s new?
If we are to believe the pictures seen in Korea, this is only a minor refreshment. The front door appears to have a revised look with redesigned creases. This test mule, as seen above, is not the top-spec model, as it has steel wheels and wheel caps and the B and C pillars are not black. The wheel covers remind us of the outgoing model.
The facelifted version is likely to get a slightly redesigned grille, an updated front fascia with headlights, and sportier bumpers. It may also get more aggressive LED DRLs. At the rear, the rear taillights will be redesigned to give it more aggression. It resembles the LED taillights in the venue. It is very likely that the already feature-packed i20 will have another first-in-segment feature, and that is the ventilated seats. This is very important in Indian heat.
Let’s come to the juicy part, the engine!
It looks like Hyundai will offer us the same two petrol engines, which are unchanged. They are as follows-1. A 1.2 liter, naturally aspirated engine, the “Kappa” workhorse we’re quite familiar with, makes 82 bhp and 115 Nm available with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) 2. A 1.0 liter turbo-GDI engine, which is quite a steamroller, churning out 118 bhp and 172 Nm mated to a 6-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission-Clutchless Manual) or a 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission). Is.
Unfortunately, for the dieselheads out there, I have some bad news, as the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which was quite a sweet engine, may be discontinued. As diesel hatchbacks are losing popularity and emission norms are becoming more stringent.
To conclude, the facelifted version of the i20 will hit the Indian shores sometime in 2023.