The curtains have been raised finally as Hyundai has launched Elite i20 in India. The car gets a new name and a new identity as well. Hyundai has spent a good amount of time in preparing the new i20 which surely takes the game further. With new pricing, this i20 also becomes a real premium car which only expects real premium hatch lovers who can think beyond a sub four metre sedan.
The Elite i20 carries forward the engine line up from its previous generation which includes one engine each of petrol and diesel. However, Hyundai has removed the 1.4L, 99 bhp, Gamma unit from the line up. Now, the Elite i20 features the smooth and refined 1.4L U2 CRDI diesel engine with an utmost power and torque output of 89bhp and 220Nm@1500 RPM. This engine comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox which offers nice gearshifts and makes overtaking quite enjoyable on highways as you don't often need to downshift to get the power on tap. Hyundai claims a fuel efficiency of 22.54 kpl for the Era and Magna diesels. The Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta variants of the diesel Elite i20 returns 21.76 kpl. The engine performs similar as before, doesn’t have too much turbo lag and gives you a powerful mid range to play with. The second unit is the reliable 1.2L 4-cylinder VTVT Kappa petrol engine which churns out a maximum power output of 82bhp. The maximum torque output of engine also remains the same 115Nm which can be achieved at 4000RPM. Looking the current interest of Indian buyers in manual gearboxes, Hyundai has decided to not offer an automatic transmission in the Elite i20 to keep the costs low. The petrol version comes equipped with the regular five-speed manual gearbox. Hyundai claims this engine will return a fuel efficiency of 18.6 km/ltr in the Era and Magna variants. The petrol Sportz, Sportz(O) and Asta variants have a fuel efficiency of 18.24 km/ltr.
The Elite i20 has been launched with a starting price of INR 4.89 lakhs and INR 6.09 lakhs for the base Era variant of its petrol and diesel versions respectively. The range topping diesel variant, the Asta, comes at a price of INR 7.66 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). Surely, the pricing is on the premium side but it has valid reasons to justify it. The car certainly looks good, the engine line-up is capable enough and the list of features is also the longest in class.