Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) launched the Elite i20, its latest product for Indian consumers on the 11th of this month. The Elite i20 is the second generation of Hyundai’s successful i20 hatchback. Hyundai would be happy to know that the car is raking in more bookings than it might have anticipated. The car has already garnered 15,000 bookings within 15 days of its launch. Hyundai has priced the car at Rs 4.89 lakh for the base variant with the top-end version having a sticker price of Rs 7.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Five trims are on offer – Era, Magna, Sportz, Sportz (O) and Asta; Era being the base while Asta forming the apex of the trim pyramid.
The Elite i20 follows the company’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy and hardly resembles the outgoing model. That is not a bad thing at all, as the outcome is that it’s currently the best looking hatchback out there in my opinion. The looks are sleek, sporty and premium. The front end gets a wide hexagonal grille with the turn indicators integrated in to the sleek looking headlights with trapezoidal fog lamps completing the face. The side profile gets 16-inch two-tone diamond cut alloy wheels with chrome finish seen on the outer door handles. A prominent shoulder line can be seen making its way from the headlight all the way to the wrap-around tail-lights.
Two engine choices come with Elite i20 – one petrol engine and the other being a diesel. The petrol variant is powered by the same 1.2litre dual VTVT Kappa engine generating nearly 82bhp and 114Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel remains unchanged too with the same 1.4litre U2 CRDi engine producing 88.7bhp and pulling power of 219.6Nm which is married instead to a 6-speed manual tranny. Hyundai is claiming fuel efficiency figures of 18.6 and 22.5kmpl for the petrol and diesel respectively.
The interiors are well done and the cabin is spacious. The quality levels are good though it still cannot rival the Germans on that front. The three-spoke multi-function steering wheel contains buttons for controlling the various audio and Bluetooth features. The 2 Din audio system gets aux-in and USB connectivity with a handy 1GB of internal memory to store your audio files. A fully automated climate control with AC vents at the back further enhances the comfort quotient within the cabin.
With all the features and the stunning looks that this car comes with, it won’t be a surprise if the car attracts a waiting period in the months to come. I am sure that Hyundai will be thinking about opening another manufacturing facility in India to complement the only one they currently have in Chennai.