It was earlier, in February, reported that HMCA (Hyundai Motor Company Australia) was facing an obstacle to replace the first generation i20 with the second, which we have in India as the Elite i20.
The problem is, under-the-skin specifications of Indian Hyundai i20 and that of Turkey made i20 are different. HMCA had admitted that made in India i20 cannot be exported to Australia for sales, as it will not score 5/5 in (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) ANCAP crash test. The Turkey made model will, but importing from there to Australia will result in excessive logistic expenses, which will shoot the retail price of the premium hatchback up. Not to mention the weakness of Australian dollar.
As a result, the South Korean automaker is expected to phase out Hyundai i20 nameplate in the smallest continent, and launch Hyundai Accent hatchback in its segment. The supermini version of what we know as Hyundai Verna in India, is a product of a higher segment which will not fall in the same price range as the i20’s.
Hence, as a workaround, it is believed that new Hyundai Accent hatchback for Australia will be stripped of its 1.6 litre engine for the 1.4 litre petrol unit doing duty in the i20, at least in the base version.
Via – GoAuto