At a press interaction in the launch event of the Grand i10 Nios, a Hyundai official has said that the 7-speed DCT automatic option will be offered in the next-gen i20.
What was just rumors and speculations all this while, has now been confirmed. Hyundai has confirmed that the next-gen 2020 Hyundai i20 that is slated to be launched next year will be offered with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) in India. The current-gen i20 already comes with a DCT gearbox internationally.
A Hyundai official at the launch of the Grand i10 Nios in a press interaction has said that both the next-gen i20 and the new Creta will receive the dual-clutch automatic transmission. The DCT transmission allows for faster gearshifts as compared to an AMT or torque converter gearbox.
We have already seen the DCT gearbox being paired with the 1.0L, turbocharged petrol engine in the Venue, and chances are that with the DCT gearbox, the next-gen i20 might also receive the 1.0L, turbocharged petrol engine. The Venue with the petrol-DCT combination has in fact received good response, constituting for 30-40% of the Venue’s sales. The same combination could do well on the i20 as well.
Hyundai has also ditched the torque converter automatic that was offered in the Grand i10 in favor of an AMT in the new Grand i10 Nios, primarily because an AMT is cheaper. JR Chun, Hyundai’s Director for engine performance testing said, “A torque converter is definitely better than an AMT, but the pricing is high for Indian customers.” However, higher up in the price band, customers do value premiumness and smoothness over sheer costs.
We had also reported earlier that the 1.4L, diesel engine in the i20 would be discontinued in favor of a 1.5L diesel engine that would be sourced from Kia. The new i20 has been spotted testing several times already and it is expected to debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. The new car is also expected to be a little roomier than the current one and it will also feature Hyundai BlueLink technology.