The next-gen Hyundai Elite i20 will get the 1.0L turbo petrol engine from the Venue and also a new 1.5L diesel engine from Kia in place of the current 1.4L diesel engine.
Hyundai has been revamping their entire model lineup in the country now. They recently launched the Venue, the Kona and also the Grand i10 Nios. Moreover cars like the Elantra, Tucson, and Verna are also due a facelift very soon. We also have the next-gen Elite i20 and next-gen Creta arriving to our shores very soon from Hyundai.
Hyundai seems to be on a strong foot as they enter the BS-VI era. Now, for the next-gen Elite i20, not only will the car receive a major redesign on the outside as well as on the inside, but it will also get new engine options. The third-gen Elite i20 is expected to be launched at the 2020 Auto Expo. When launched, it will continue with its 1.2L petrol engine, of course in BS-VI guise, but it will also receive the new 1.0L turbo-petrol engine from the Venue and a new 1.5L diesel engine as well.
The 1.2L Turbo-petrol engine puts out 120PS of power and 172Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with the option of a 7-speed DCT in the Venue. The same transmission options are expected to be offered in the next-gen Elite i20 as well. As for the diesel engine, the current 1.4L diesel will be ditched in favor of a new 1.5L diesel engine produced by Kia for the Seltos. This diesel motor makes 115PS and 250Nm of peak torque. While this engine comes with variable geometry turbochargers in the Seltos, it could get a fixed geometry turbocharger with a lesser sate of tune in the Elite i20 to keep costs at check.
As for the design of the next-gen Hyundai Eliute i20, the company has not made radical changes to the overall look but the changes are significant still, as can be made out from the spy shots that have been spotted till now. The face gets a much bigger cascading grille with new headlamp units and the design is much in line with Hyundai’s ‘sensuous sportiness’ design philosophy. The test mules spotted were wrapped with heavy camouflage and so the rear of the car cannot be seen. However, the car is expected to get new bumpers and a tail gate but the swooping roofline remains largely the same.
On the inside too, the car is expected to feature a new dashboard design with a lot more new features as well. It is also expected to feature Hyundai’s BlueLink connected technology. The Elite i20 has been one of the most popular hatchbacks in the segment and when this next-gen version comes out next year, it will continue to rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Toyota Glanza and the upcoming Tata Altroz.