From being strictly known as a top competitor to Maruti Suzuki in India, Hyundai India has gone much ahead in a short span of time. Over the years, it has incorporated the Fluidic design language in most of its products which has helped to change the traditional perception for the Korean car maker in the Indian automobile industry.
Hyundai recently tasted success with the Santa Fe which sold the expected numbers in a period of two weeks while the Verna is enjoying a waiting list that seems never to cease. The revamped Sonata looks promising and is giving tough competition to its rivals in the premium segment.
If the recent market activity of Hyundai is anything to go, then there is no doubt about the fact that it is working hard to give its complete portfolio a refreshing facelift. The i10 received a critical facelift by Hyundai while it also worked to make some minor changes in the Accent. The new Verna was launched about a month ago while the new Sonata is expected to be launched by the end of this year. Thus, it is evident that Hyundai is planning for multiple product launches in this year.
The most anticipated of all new launches in its portfolio will be the i15 hatchback which is codenamed as BA. As the name suggests, it will be positioned between the i10 and the i20. Hyundai’s Elantra is also set to receive a makeover as it reaches its mid-life cycle. Hyundai i20, which is set to also get a facelift, will be competing against Maruti Suzuki Swift. The new i20 is expected to sport the redesigned fluidic design.
Industry watchers are curious to know what changes Hyundai will introduce in the ‘uber-cool’ i20. The initial renderings that have been leaked out of the test mule have failed to reveal anything significant with regard to the car details. However, it is expected that the new i20 will not just sport a revamped frontal design but also a modified rear. From the leaked images, the outside rear-view mirrors appear to be more trimmed which implies that the new i20 has passed through the wind tunnel at the development stage.
Sources speculate that the ‘uber’-cool’ i20 will be sporting a familiar look and will be largely based on the Fluidic design concept. It is also expected that Hyundai will hike the price of the new i20 in a range of about Rs. 15,000- 25,000 which will depend on which version of the present i20 is getting a facelift.
The engines are expected to be the same as the 1.2L, 1.4L petrol as well as the 1.4L diesel will be found in the revamped version. Speculations are rife that the new i20 will house the 1.6 manual gearbox. Some additional features like keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity for audio, OVRMs and push start stop button would be seen in the top-end models of the new i20.
While the 5 door Hyundai Accent is expected to be launched in the US which is also identical to the new Verna except for the boot, the new Verna and the new i20 will be based on identical platforms.New Hyundai i20 to get an “uber-cool” facelift,