Hyundai will launch the eagerly awaited premium hatchback, the Elite i20, tomorrow. The new car features the new Fluidic v2.0 theme with completely new exterior and interior design.
The Elite i20 will be offered with a choice of two engines – a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine. It is rumoured that the car will be available in 10 variants (five petrol and five diesel) Era, Magna, Sportz, Asta and an optional variant for the Magna and Sportz.
The petrol variant will continue to be powered by the 1.2-litre kappa engine producing 83bhp and 113Nm of torque and will be mated to a five-speed gearbox. The diesel variant gets the 1.4-litre CRDI mill churning out 89bhp and 219Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual box.
The car is expected to set a new benchmark in terms of features on offer. It might get a feature-rich interior (the case with all Hyundai cars) and will also get a sunroof. It is expected to have better build quality than the outgoing model.
The i20 has been the best-selling car in the premium hatchback segment so far and how the new one does has to be seen. Volkswagen has launched the Polo with a new engine and revised suspension, the Punto has now got a facelift as well. We expect the Elite i20 to get dearer by at least 15-25k and whether it replaces the current i20 will be answered tomorrow. Until then watch this space.