2020 new gen i20 has already made its debut in Europe – next it will be launched in India
Hyundai had initially planned to launch the third generation i20 hatchback in the first half of 2020. It was scheduled to make its global debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show however thanks to the ongoing global pandemic, all plans had to be revised. The hatchback had to debut later via an online medium.
Till date, most photos of the 2020 i20 were either restricted to the studio or had camouflaged units testing on public roads. However, a latest set of photos have now surfaced on the internet which capture the 2020 i20 out on public roads without any camouflage (images credit to autozeitung). There is absolutely no denial that the i20 looks stunning in these real-world photographs.
New Bold & Aggressive Styling
Talking about the exterior design, Hyundai has revamped i20’s exterior profile completely. The third generation model comes with a bold grille in the front, sleek and sharp looking headlamps which have embedded LED DRLs, updated front and rear bumpers, innumerable cuts and creases across the body and large LED tail-lamps which are connected via a red reflector. Overall, the car looks way more aggressive, sporty and dynamic than the previous gen model. Even though Hyundai is a South Korean brand, the i20 still continues to look more European than many cars from European OEMs.
3rd gen Hyundai i20’s India-related Updates
India too is scheduled to receive the same model later this year. As per reports, the Indian model will have almost identical dimensions to that of the European-spec model. What needs to be noted is the fact that the third generation i20 has grown in size when compared with the previous gen model. This would clearly translate into more space on the inside and increase hatchback’s overall road presence.
Hyundai cars are known for their long list of creature comfort features and the third gen i20 won’t disappoint anyone. The hot hatch will come along with a BOSE sound system, wireless charging, all-digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support (European versions get a 10.25-inch infotainment), ambient lighting and much more.
Under the hood, most probably i20 will share its powertrain options with the Venue. These would include a 1.2 litre petrol motor which will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. This combination will be able to dish out 83 PS and 115 Nm of peak torque. Additionally, customers will also have an option to opt in for a 1 litre turbo petrol version which will be available with a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DCT. This unit churns out 120 PS and 170 Nm of max torque. Customers who love diesel guzzlers will be able to choose the 1.5 litre diesel motor which produces 100 PS and 240 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed MT.
Indian launch shall ideally take place around the festive season. The car has already been spied testing across the country multiple number of times. Upon launch, the hot hatch will continue to compete with the likes of Maruti Baleno, Tata Altroz, Toyota Glanza and Honda Jazz.