The first Hyundai i20 drove off the showroom floor as far back as 2008. Using an entirely new platform created at Hyundai’s European technical centre, it allowed the Korean automaker to enter Europe’s competitive subcompact B segment. In the last ten years, the i20 has seen several upgrades but the best is yet to come.
While the current i20 has been on sale since 2014 and received an update in 2017, we will likely see the next-gen Hyundai i20 Elite in 2020. Spotted in South Korea, the camouflaged silhouette seems indicative of an i20 with rumours that the new hatchback has seriously been refined including a substantial list of features, equipment, and technology. Since Hyundai does not sell the i20 in its home country, the camouflaged test model is likely a precursor to the production version aimed primarily at the emerging and European markets.
It is unclear whether Hyundai will opt for entirely new engine specifications and we expect that they might just increase the power of the current 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel. Both engines will be upgraded to BS-VI norms that will take effect in April 2020. Some believe that Hyundai might consider fitting a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 118bhp of power. At this point, it is all speculation but we will know more about the upcoming hatchback as the test evolves and maybe, just maybe Hyundai has something special up their sleeves.
Hyundai i20 Elite Design and Features
There is not too much information to go on but according to some sources, the exterior shows a stylish compact car while the interior is loaded with new tech. Hyundai wants to make their mark and establish a new trend with the premium i20 Elite as an advanced car concept.
One of the standout features is the grille design at the front. The design seamlessly flows into the bumpers making it appear as one. At first glance, you may think that it’s missing a front bumper and that is all thanks to Hyundai’s designers finding a way to hide it in plain sight. It certainly gives a more streamlined, sporty and modern look. New alloy wheels and LED taillights also add more flair to the modern concept.
On the inside, it is safe to assume that all the usual elements of comfort and technology will be available although they plan on adding more features. The cabin has improved insulation while offering slightly more space with sleeker interior trim and an even better touchscreen interface and sunroof.
In terms of safety, due to the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) taking effect on October 2019, every i20 will come fitted with ABS dual airbags as standard options. Only the top end models will feature 6 airbags.
It seems that Hyundai is speeding up the development of the new Hyundai i20 Elite as competing brands are closing in with their respective models, already on the market. While it remains unclear if the next generation Hyundai i20 will come to South Africa, keep an eye on this blog or our Facebook page and be the first to hear the news.