Hyundai Elite i20 sketches released, scheduled for launch on 11th August 2014
The i20’s phenomenal success in its segment has earned it popularity not only with discerning Indian car buyers but also across the world. First introduced in 2009 for global markets, the i20 received a major upgrade in 2012 that pushed it right to the top of the charts, selling over 6500 cars a month. The time is 2014 and Hyundai engineers went back to the drawing board raising high expectations of the new model, the Hyundai Elite i20. The Elite design is handled by Hyundai’s Motor Design Centre Europe in Russelsheim, Germany and enhances it Fluidic Sculpture philosophy to the next level if sketches released by the company are anything to go by.
Distinctively European in looks as far as the i20 went, the Elite i20 emphasizes this even more with a long hood and a powerful stance proudly carrying sculpted bodylines at the sides. The car appears longer and the front is where major changes are visible. Hyundai designers gave a new twist to its hexagonal grill pattern and a thin dark strip links the two headlights. For all you know the Elite i20 may be smiling, knowing it is a winner already. Hyundai has modified the back a little with wrap around rear windows and newly designed lamp cluster for a distinctive appearance. Expect the Elite i20 to have a slightly longer wheelbase and improved handling, something the previous i20 was found lacking in. Engine capacity remains the same but fine tuning it results in more power and smoother performance in the Elite. The Elite i20 does look different from the smooth previous generation i20. The older i20 may be said to be a suave and elegant customer while the Elite i20 is like a guy flaunting sculpted abs which is what the Fluidic 2.0 design has done to it. That may appeal to the current generation looking for a car that looks stylish but does not cost the Earth. Once the Elite i20 starts rolling, the older model will be phased out. It remains to be seen if Hyundai have taken care of the thin and small tyres as well as thin body work in the Elite i20 to make it more solid and a worthy competitor to the European cars. The old i20 is spacious, let’s hope the new Elite is no less so.
Prebookings are open and the launch date is 11th August.
Pictures Source : Overdrive