Hyundai had expected to launch the new gen i20 in India by mid 2020
The 2020 Hyundai i20, supposed to make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show later today, is now delayed due to concerns over Corona virus pandemic. Along with the 2020 i20, Hyundai was also to showcase the facelifted i30 and Prophesy EV concept at Geneva Motor Show today. Officials revealed that the Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled.
In addition to that, Hyundai’s South Korean operations have taken a hit. Operations at the No. 2 Ulsan plant has been temporarily shut down following one of the 300 employees from the paint shop found infected with the Corona virus. Rather than disinfecting the paint shop, the company took the decision to shut down the plant itself. Hyundai has 5 plants at the Ulsan facility and it is from this plant that also produces the Kona EV.
Speaking about the 2020 Hyundai i20, it has already been revealed in images. It gets a new front grille, redesigned headlamps and LED DRLs. It is also seen with new front and rear bumpers, new LED tail lamps and a shark fin antenna while it will sit on 17” alloy wheels. The Europe spec i20 will also get revised interiors with a new 10.25” digital cluster, central touchscreen and a Bose audio system with 8 speakers, wireless charging and BlueLink connectivity.
The India spec model will miss out on these larger screens and will instead receive an 8” infotainment system with analog instrument cluster. Launch of the new gen i20 will take place by June / July 2020 in India. Once launched, it will replace the current i20 from the company line-up.
The 2020 Hyundai i20 will get a range of petrol and diesel engine options, all which will follow the new BS6 emission standards. There will be a 1.2 liter petrol, 1.0 liter turbo-petrol and 1.5 liter diesel engine for India while in global markets it will get a turbo petrol engine with 48V mild hybrid technology. The 1.2 liter petrol will deliver power of about 84 PS, 1.0 liter turbo petrol will deliver about 100PS and the 1.5 liter diesel will deliver 100 PS. Transmission options will include manual as well as automatic.
Once launched, the new Hyundai i20 will see an upward revision in prices in an expected price range of Rs.5.7-10 lakhs. It will continue its rivalry in the premium hatchback segment with the Maruti Baleno, Honda Jazz, Toyota Glanza and Tata Altroz.