The facelifted Hyundai Elite i20 has just been revealed through a latest set of spyshots, and the changes are much more minimal than expected. This is not really a bad thing given the fact that the i20 Elite is one of India’s best looking hatchbacks.
Coming to the spyshots, they reveal subtle changes at the front of the facelifted car. The bumper is new and so is the grille. The headlamps have been retained though. At the rear, the tail lamps get a new LED pattern while the bumper has also been revised. There’s a reverse camera and parking sensors, just like the older model while the alloy wheels get a full revision.
The insides of the car also look similar to the pre-facelift version but the touchscreen infotainment unit on the dashboard is expected to get both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In fact, these features are already available on the Maruti Baleno and Hyundai simply can’t afford to miss them on the facelifted i20 Elite.
The facelifted car retains the familiar twin tone dashboard, multi-function steering wheel and familiar controls. What’s mechanically new on the facelifted car is the CVT automatic gearbox. This gearbox will be offered with the 1.2 liter VTVT Kappa petrol engine that produces 82 Bhp-115 Nm.
The 1.4 liter petrol engine will be dropped, along with the 4 speed torque converter gearbox. Car nuts will realize that it’s the first time ever that Hyundai is offering a CVT gearbox on a budget car in the Indian market. The 1.2 petrol-CVT automatic combination is expected to be very smooth, making the i20 Elite a solid challenger to the Maruti Baleno CVT.
The 1.4 liter CRDI diesel engine will remain unchanged, with 89 Bhp-220 Nm outputs. It’ll be offered with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard. The Elite i20 Facelift is not likely to be more expensive than the pre-facelift model considering heavy competition. Expect prices to start from Rs. 5.3 lakhs.
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