We take a better take a look at the Hyundai i20’s Indian journey spanning over 12 years and three generations and the way each transition of the premium hatchback manages to ring a bell with the market.
First gen- A singular method
The Hyundai i20 was one of many first premium hatchbacks to hit the nation even when the actual section was not so stylish. The i20 was initially designed to let Hyundai seize the European subcompact B section which was fairly aggressive again then, however surprisingly, the hatchback did win hearts in India too.
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The Hyundai i20 was designed in Germany and adopted the Korean automaker’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language and featured styling and structure which was fairly forward of the curve in India. In comparison with the hatchbacks now, the first-gen i20 was fairly boxy and with beneficiant spacing for passengers.
Ranging between Rs 4.81 lakh – Rs 7.53 lakh (final recorded value), the i20 got here with each petrol and diesel choices. The 1.4-litre Gamma petrol engine provided 100 PS of energy and 139 Nm of torque and the 1.2-litre Kappa diesel engine provided 80 PS of energy and 114 Nm of torque. The engines have been mated to a 4-speed AT or 6-speed MT. The hatchback had an excellent run with one facelift down the road till it phased out in 2015.
Second gen- A bolder method
The second-gen of the hatchback entered the Indian market because the Hyundai Elite i20 in 2014. The Elite i20 took on the mantle fairly gracefully. Designed in Germany, this automobile adopted the ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design language. The Elite i20 had an enhanced attraction inside-out and boasted higher security options to woo the viewers.
Other than the great passenger area, the Elite i20 additionally sported a black and beige dual-tone dashboard, steering mounted controls, Bluetooth built-in audio with USB and AUX and 1 GB inner storage at a time when the Indian viewers was not used to the pampering when it comes to the options provided.
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The Elite i20 provided three engines throughout its span of 6 years. The 1.2-litre petrol engine provided 83 PS of energy and 115 Nm of torque and was paired with a 5-speed MT. The 1.4-litre petrol engine provided 100 PS of energy with 132 Nm of torque and was paired with 4-speed AT. The 1.4-litre diesel engine provided 90 PS of energy and 220 Nm of torque and was paired with a 6-speed MT. Ranging between Rs 6.57 lakh-Rs 8.33 lakh (ex-showroom), the premium hatchback had fairly an honest run till it was silently bid farewell by Hyundai to make approach for the all-new i20.
Third gen- Maintaining with the instances
The Third-gen Hyundai i20 is certainly the very best model of the hatchback model India will get to see however it could be unjust to name it a breakthrough within the section like its predecessors have been. It’s protected to say that the Korean automaker is somewhat late to hitch the get together the place the competitors between the premium hatchbacks is popping fiercer day by day.
The all-new i20 adopts a complete new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language by the automaker and completely discards the boxy look of its predecessors. The brand new avatar seems to be fairly aerodynamic and options a lot sleeker particulars. The sharp headlamps with DRLs and the LED foglamps give the hatchback an aggressive character. The elevated hood with robust character strains and the black accents on the entrance grille give the automobile a barely muscular look.
On the within, the hatchback seems to be much more interesting with neon accents and the big touchscreen show. If we have been to go by the idea photos, the inside seems to be fairly spacious as properly, sticking to the originality of the i20 model. The hatchback can also be set to boast the 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel and the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engines beneath the hood, providing as many choices as doable.
Anticipated to boast a price ticket ranging between Rs 5.7 lakh – Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom), the hatchback will tackle the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Tata Altroz, and the Toyota Glanza upon its arrival on November 5.
The Third-gen Hyundai i20, though somewhat late, has all of the qualities to change into a trendsetter and keep on the legacy of the model. With three engine choices, new Bluelink related options, Hyundai’s SmartSense options and sharp seems to be, the i20 shall be a tricky competitor to tackle within the section. The query that must be requested is how will the Indian market obtain this premium hatchback, particularly the place choices like Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS and Fiat Punto Abarth light away with time even after being forward of the curve.
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