New Elite i20 will be wider than the existing model and will see 3 engine choices alongside connected features.
South Korean carmaker has officially unveiled the images of its next-generation i20 hatch ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2020. As per the pictures floating over the internet, the third-generation Hyundai i20 will feature new cabin layout with 10-inch screen alongside connected features (eSIM) as seen on Hyundai Venue. With three engine choices on offer namely 1.2L petrol, 1.0L turbo-petrol and 1.5L diesel, its 1.0L turbo variant with mild-hybrid will be offered with two power tunes. Expected to hit the showrooms before the festive season, the new i20 will compete with Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, and others.
2020 Hyundai i20 Engine & Specs
The engine compartment will see a solid power boost in the form of a 1.0L turbo-petrol engine that features 48V mild-hybrid system. There will be in all 3 engines – two petrol and one diesel – offered in India. The turbo-petrol engine is devised to give out two different power outputs i.e. 99hp and 120hp. The 120hp version can do a claimed 0-100kph in just 10.2sec with its 6-speed manual gearbox. Moreover, it’s also available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission choice. The other (99hp) version comes with same transmission choices sans mild-hybrid tech.
The regular entry-level engine will be a 1.2L petrol (84hp) motor coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Further, there are meagre chances of Hyundai offering diesel driven engine in the foreign market, but India will probably get a BS6-compliant 1.5L diesel engine generating a healthy 90hp of power.
2020 Hyundai i20 Measurements
On the dimensions part, compared to the India-spec i20, the foreign variant is 5mm longer, 16mm wider and 24mm shorter in height. Moreover, the i20 here will fall under 4-metre in length while other measurements are expected to go unchanged as on the existing model. The large sporty hatch from Hyundai will get 17-inch alloys on its high-end trims, while the mid and base trims will come with 15 or 16-inch wheels. The boot too is expected to gulp in more litres of space compared to the outgoing model.
2020 Hyundai i20 Exterior
The outside of the new-generation i20 dons Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design ideology, which was displayed with the Le Fil Rouge concept car at the 2020 Auto Expo. At the front, it receives a large cascading grille, beneath it are the bigger air vents followed by the triangle-shaped fog lamp housing. The design of the headlamps looks aggressive and is identical to the Hyundai Sonata in the international market. First production model to feature company’s latest design language, 2020 i20 gets black roof and various angular creases right from the front to the side profile. Moreover, the black grille with a diamond-pattern mesh design appears suave. The rear of the new i20 comes with large tail lamps and Z-shaped LED lights, while the blackened upper part of the boot gate appears plush.
2020 Hyundai i20 Interior
The officially released sketch of the interior reveals a lot about the new cabin of the 2020 Hyundai i20. The theme of the cabin appears quite contemporary, it gets various layers and horizontal lines running around the dash – at first instance, it gives you a feel of Audi SUV dashboard design. There is the 4-spoke steering wheel (identical to the upcoming 2020 Creta SUV) wrapped in leather with mounted cruise control, Bluetooth telephony controls, and others.
The infotainment aspect is taken care by a 10-inch touchscreen and a fully digital instrument cluster. The 10-inch display will not be standard across all trims, as base and mid trims may get a smaller 8-inch screen. Other refreshing elements inside the cabin include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hyundai’s Blue Link connected-vehicle tech, 7-speaker Bose music system, ambient lighting, wireless charging, multi-contoured seats, revised centre console design with several USB slots, and many more.
2020 Hyundai i20 Safety
It will be too early to speak about what new i20 has for its Indian buyers in its safety list. However, Hyundai i20 has always been one of the safest cars in its segment and it will continue to be so or may surpass its own safety benchmark. The protection gears offered on the international spec comprise of satellite-navigation based adaptive cruise control, intelligent speed limiter, lane following assistance, parking collision avoidance system, forward collision indicator, spot collision avoidance system, and several other hi-tech safety aspects.
2020 Hyundai i20 Competition & Launch
Extensive testing of the new i20 in India is on since long and reports strongly suggest a mid-2020 launch, which will be around Diwali/Dhanteras this year. After its official launch, it will compete with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Tata Altroz, Toyota Glanza, and Honda Jazz.