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Hyundai Elite i20 features disappear but price tags remain intact

Hyundai Elite i20 features deleted

Interestingly, Hyundai has quietly deleted a few features from its brisk selling Elite i20 at a time when the premium hatchback is being pressurized by richly equipped new Honda Jazz.

Hyundai Elite i20 is reported to have been subjected to a minor cost cutting however, the benefit is not passed on to customers. The restructured equipment list appears to be a move to enhance profitability of the model without compromising on its appeal.

Hyundai Elite i20 features deleted

Hyundai Elite i20 features deletion is aimed at enhancing profitability without hurting its desirability.

Hyundai has introduced a different seat fabric on all the variants and eliminated the ticket holder. Base Era variant now eschews passenger side vanity mirror. Elite i20 Sportz variant suffered the most as it loses out on leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, boot lamp and driver window auto up function. It also comes with a single folding key instead of two units. The Sportz (O) too misses out on leather wrapped steering wheel and gearbox.

While fully loaded Asta trim retains leather elements, Hyundai has eliminated one of two 12V power sockets it came with. On the flip side, Hyundai is expected to introduce a touchscreen infotainment system in Elite i20 at a later stage.

Hyundai Elite i20-051 interiors

Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob are deleted from Sportz and Sportz (O) variants. (Image: Elite i20 Asta)

The premium hatchback is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which puts out 88 PS and 115 Nm of torque and a 1.4-litre four-cylinder diesel motor which is capable of 90 PS and 220 Nm of torque. The petrol engine comes paired to a 5-speed MT whereas the oil burner receives a 6-speed MT.

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