Hyundai India has lined-up a ton of version upgrades and fresh launches for this season. The company will kick start its new model offensive using all the world premiere of this second-gen Creta SUV in the Auto Expo 2020, followed closely by its market launch. Additionally, the business will also roll out BS6 variations of its existing versions, along with some facelifts. However, the second most important new vehicle launch for the Korean manufacturer will be the next-gen i20 hatchback, which we can confirm will launch in June 2020 in India.
Hyundai is expected to play protected with all the next-gen i20’s styling, and while there will be many new details, the overall look will be similar to that of the incoming car. It will find a fresher and wider iteration of Hyundai’s trademark cascading grille design, which will also observe the upward-swooping headlamps merge with this.
The new i20 will adhere to its under-four-meter span to get the mandatory tax advantages in the Indian sector. But exactly like the Venue, it could match another bumper design for international markets.
The new Hyundai i20 will include a BS6 compliant 1.2-liter gasoline engine great for 83hp and 114Nm of torque. This is the same engine that also does duty in the Grand i10 Nios. There are talks of this version getting a 1.0-liter turbo-petrol also, similar to the Venue mated to some 7-speed DCT gearbox. On the gas front, the new 1.5-liter BS6 diesel engine will find its way beneath the new i20’s hood. This engine will also see duty in the Hyundai Venue BS6 too and is expected to churn out around 90hp. This is the detuned version of the same 1.5-liter powerplant that is observed on the Kia Seltos and will be on duty on the next-gen Hyundai Creta and the facelifted Verna at India.
On the interior, it’s going to have a digital instrument cluster in addition to a sizeable high-set touchscreen infotainment program. The layout of the electronic instrument cluster is somewhat similar to that on the ix25 (brand new Creta), together with 2 dials — just one for the speedo and one for its RPM — flanking a central region that displays various parameters of the hatchback. On the other hand, the device is more curved than the one on the ix25 and gets more conventional-looking dials with electronic needles signaling speed and RPMs. It is going to also receive a new multifunction steering system, similar to those on other newer Hyundai models.
While the launch of the next-gen i20 remains a few months off, Hyundai will upgrade the current-gen car using a BS6-compliant 1.2-liter gasoline engine only. This means the current-gen i20 will soldier with a lone BS6-compliant 1.2-liter gas until the next-gen car arrives.
Internationally, the next-gen Hyundai i20 will also come with a performance-oriented N variant that will take on the sporty Fiesta ST in the worldwide market. It’ll follow in the footsteps of this larger i30 N and comprise both chassis and engine modifications — that means more electricity than the standard car — combined with suitable trimming and stiffer suspension, performance brakes and more direct-ratio steering setup. The newest Hyundai i20 N is likely to come with a 1.6-liter turbo-petrol engine with an output of up to 200hp, which can allow it to be far more effective than the conventional car.