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Hyundai Elite i20 launched In India, Prices Starting From Rs 4.90 Lakhs Ex-Delhi

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If you are a Hyundai fan because most of their cars look good and perform well, then your wait for the Hyundai Elite i20, a successor the popular i20, is now over. The Elite i20 is now available in showrooms at a price of around Rs. 4.90 lakhs for the basic petrol version whereas the basic diesel version is priced at a steeper Rs. 6.10 lakhs. The most expensive model is the deluxe diesel Asta priced at Rs. 7.67 lakhs. The Petrol variants in order of prices are Era, Magna, Sports and Asta with corresponding diesel versions available in seven different colors.

The petrol models are powered by Hyundai’s 1.2 litre VTVT engine putting out 115Nm of torque at 4000 rpm and 83PS at 6000 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Fuel efficiency is 18.60 kmpl. The diesel Elite i20s has a 1.4 litre CRDi U2 engine under the hood putting out 220 Nm of torque at a maximum of 2750 rpm and 90 PS at 4000 rpm, and a claimed fuel efficiency of 22.54 kmpl. Both engines are mated to a manual transmission.

Is the Elite i20 an improvement over the previous i20 that received good reviews from BBC TopGear as regards to handling, interior room and overall performance? Hyundai’s Russelsheim design studio and its Nurburgring engineering test centre are jointly responsible for the Elite i20 design and dimensions:

  • Size: It is more compact and has lost 10 mm in length but width increases from 1710 to 1794mm. Result: better stability and cornering ability

  • Wheelbase stretches by 45 mm to 2570 mm. Result: more space in the cabin.

The Elite features Fluidic design sculpture 2.0. In plain terms it has transformed from being a smoothly rounded hatchback to one with a sportier look with angular lines. You can see fog lamps on the bumper and a flowing look to the headlight at the front. The side is now sculpted with diamond cut alloy wheels to match and turn indicators in side mirrors. While the basic versions have 14 inch wheels the higher end Asta and Sportz have 16 inch alloy wheels and ABS with EBD. The new Elite i20 also features rear parking sensors and dual front air bags. At the back the tail light has come under the scalpel and has a different more flowing shape with LED lamps inside. The storage space has been increased to 285 litres.

Time to open the door and take a look inside. The Elite i20`s dashboard is in beige and black with a redesigned instrument cluster and indicators such as gear shift indicator and rear view camera. Glance above and you have a special rear view mirror. Upholstery complements the dash and overall, it looks a bit roomier than the previous model. Drivers can adjust seat height and have access to features such as lane change indicator and automatic air conditioning control. The Elite also has rear air conditioning vents for increased passenger comfort. In all, Hyundai has provided incremental improvements that, nonetheless, go a long way to improve driver satisfaction and ride quality for passengers. Doors now have automatic impact sensing locks, for instance.

The Elite i20 adds bling and performance improvements at nominal costs, taking on the Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen Polo with aplomb while leaving others far behind when you consider value for money proposition, an area in which Hyundai always excelled.

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