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Hyundai Elite i20: All you wanted to know about the new car

August 04, 2014 12:36 IST

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You must have seen the teaser ads of the new Hyundai Elite i20. It ends with the slogan ‘The compromise ends on August 11’ - the day of its launch. This is the global debut of the car.

As soon as the teaser ads were released, dealers started accepting pre-launch bookings.

Based on an all-new platform, the second generation i20 was styled by the company’s European design centre located in Russelsheim, Germany.

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The car subscribes to the brand’s latest Fluidic Design v2.0 design language, and gets a long bonnet, sculpted sides and blackened out C-Pillars.

Power for the new i20 is expected to come from the same set of engines as the current model.

The petrol model will use a 1.2-liter four-cylinder Kappa engine while the diesel would be powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder CRDi engine.

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While the petrol would come with a 5-speed manual (an automatic could be offered exclusively with a 1.4-litre petrol), the diesel would get a 6-speed manual transmission.

Like the current model, the new i20 is expected to offer a feature packed and spacious interior.

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The inside of the hatchback gets a new 3-spoke steering wheel with integrated controls for the music system, a new white-on-black instrument cluster with a multi-information display, an integrated music system capable of playing Bluetooth, AUX-in, USB, CD, MP3 and Radio and automatic climate control.

It is expected to be priced between Rs 500,000 and 750,000 lakh, ex-showroom.

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The new car adopts the brand’s improved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy and the enhanced sense of width is apparent when viewed head on.

The new headlamps are stretched on either sides and the parabolic grille of the old car is replaced by a straight slit that connects the headlamps.

Just below it is a hexagonal secondary air dam, in place of the old car’s smaller trough-shaped element.

The new bumper features sharp air splitters and plays host to foglights and a third-level air intake.

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In profile, the Elite i20 gets a more matured sheet metal design which is relatively understated. The roofline is flatter, making way for improved headroom at the rear.

The greenhouse seems to be larger and the C-pillar is blacked out to give the rear windshield wrap around look.

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Coming to the rear, the all-new Hyundai i20 again has nothing in common with its predecessor.

The new wraparound taillights and a windshield that extends all the way to the C-pillars make the hatchback look wider than it actually is.

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Every element on the inside is also new. The second gen car’s dual-tone dashboard design features a superior design and layout.

The multi-function steering wheel is similar to that of the Grand i10 and the new instrument console houses a larger multi-info display.

The centre console adopts a hexagonal theme, but there are still too many buttons.

Overall though, the new i20 seems a step in the right direction for the Korean car maker.

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