Hyundai Motor India (HMIL), amongst the largest automobile manufactures in India, announced the launch of its new model - i20, in 2008. An upgraded version of the i10 compact car, Hyundai i20 is produced exclusively in the Indian Territory, just like Hyundai i10. From here, it is exported to the other countries of the world. It is being manufactured, along with i10, in HMIL's second plant, at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai (Tamil Nadu). Hyundai i20 is believed to have been inspired by the premium hatchback i30, which has already been launched in Europe and Korea.
Design and Interior
Hyundai i20 has a low slung grille in the front, with large headlamps and round fog lamps. The windscreen has been sharply scraped, in a way that it flows smoothly and merges with the fresh tail section. Just like Renault Clio, Hyundai i20 also has a vertical tailgate that provides more space for luggage. The interiors of the car are top-quality and have been fitted with elite plastics. The seating layout is pretty flexible and quite similar to i10. The leather wrapped steering wheel adds to the interior look.
Hyundai i20 comes with front and rear door full size arm rest, rear parcel tray and seat back pocket in magna and magna option pack. All of its variants have been equipped with air conditions (and heaters) and have power windows in the front. Then, there is the uniform door space and controls for all the occupants. 4 Speakers with 2 Front Tweeters, Centre Console Tray, Chrome Inside Door Handles, Leather Wrapped & Chrome finish TGS Knob, Glove Box Cooling, Ash Tray and Coat Hook are some other features of the car.
Variants and Price
Hyundai i20 is available in three variants - i20 Magna, i20 Asta and i20 Asta (O). While i20 Magna had a launch price of Rs 479900, i20 Asta and i20 Asta (O) were unveiled with a price tag of Rs 559900 and Rs 581900, respectively. All the prices are Ex-Showroom prices for Delhi. The car is available in seven colors - Black Diamond, Crystal White, Sleek Silver, Sparkle Blue, Silky Beige, Berry Red, and Dark Gray Metallic.
Powering the new Hyundai i20 is a 1.2 liter Material All Aluminum Cylinder Engine, which promises a maximum power of 80ps@5200 rpm and maximum torque of 11.4kgm@4000rpm. It has 5 cylinders and breathes through 16 valves. The car has been equipped with Mc Pherson Strut with Coil Spring, in the front suspension, and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Spring, in the rear suspension. Apart from that, it boasts of gas-type shock absorbers, in the front as well as the rear.
i20’s ample dimensions of 3565x1595x1550mm (LxWxH), combined with 2380 mm wheelbase, promise to offer additional stability to the car, apart from increased added cabin space. The MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) and the suspension set-up of the car make sure that you drive safely in heavy traffic. The top-end safety features of i20 include Anti-lock Braking system (ABS), seat belts with pre-tensioner, dual airbags for the driver and the front passenger, auto-unlocking doors (which automatically unlock on sensing an impact) and a high-mounted rear stop lamp.