Hyundai i20 Elite Automatic to soon challenge Maruti Baleno CVT

Last week, Hyundai India launched the facelifted i20 Elite premium hatchback at the Auto Expo. Only manual variants of the car were launched, and soon automatic variants of the Elite i20 will be added. In May 2018, Hyundai will launch the Elite i20 Petrol Automatic, which will be a Maruti Baleno CVT challenger.

Like the Baleno Automatic, the new Hyundai Elite i20 will get a 1.2 liter petrol engine paired to an all-new CVT automatic gearbox. This combination will make it one of the smoothest automatic hatchbacks in India as very few cars offer CVT gearboxes in the hatchback segment.

The facelifted i20 Elite Automatic will also be much cheaper than the erstwhile 1.4 Petrol AT variant of the car, which Hyundai used to sell on the pre-facelift model range. This is because Hyundai will have to pay lower excise duty due to the smaller, 1.2 liter petrol engine.

This excise duty benefit will be transferred to the buyer in the form of a lower price tag. Meanwhile, the engine is question is the 1.2 liter Kappa VTVT unit with 82 Bhp-115 Nm. This engine is also available with a 5 speed manual gearbox.

Here are comments from YK Koo, the Hyundai India CEO, who revealed plans for the i20 CVT Automatic,

The share of the 1.4-liter automatic among the overall i20 sales was only 2 percent earlier. With the 1.2-litre CVT, we see the share surging to 10-15 percent. The old i20 was very expensive since both the 1.4 engine and the torque converter were imported. I think the price will be more competitive since we are developing the unit locally and we have the tax benefit as well. 

We expect Hyundai to offer the new i20 Elite CVT Automatic in Sportz and Asta trims, with prices starting from about Rs. 7.5 lakhs. In comparison, the Baleno CVT Automatic, which is available in three trims – Delta, Zeta and Alpha, starts from Rs. 7.1 lakhs.

News Source: Autocar India

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