Product Watch: Hyundai i20

The third-generation i20 has been available in the Indian market for some time now. The first two generations of the hatchback have been pretty popular in their segment, and the third generation is expected to outshine its predecessors. The new Hyundai i20 could make its way towards Nepal a few months after its India launch, so let us take a look at what we can expect from the vehicle.

The third-generation i20 is a lot sportier in terms of design compared to the previous generation. Rather than taking the conventional, safer way out, Hyundai has given the i20 a much bolder and sharper look this time around. This kind of move usually draws mixed reviews, but the new i20 has received far more positive responses. The headlights get an eyebrow-style LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights), under which a projector headlight has been housed. The grill follows Hyundai’s new design language and complements the vehicle’s look. The sides have aggressive body lines to make the car look sportier and push it more towards a hot hatch type of styling. This design language has been continued to the rear as well with the split Z-shaped taillights.

The interior has been radically changed too. Out goes the conventional styling, and in comes a massive 10.25 inch floating touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The instrument cluster has gone the digital route as well, replacing the earlier analogue dials. The new i20 also gets features such as wireless phone charging, blue ambient lighting, and a 7-speaker Bose audio system, to name a few standout features.

There are three engine options available, and both automatic and manual transmission are on offer. Among the three, one is a 1.0 Turbo GDi engine producing 118.36Bhp and 171.62 Nm of torque. But the variant with this engine might not make its way to Nepal since the consumers here haven’t really taken to small-capacity turbo engines yet and still prefer a bigger displacement naturally aspirated engine.

So to answer that problem, the variant with the 1.2L kappa engine can still be had, which produces 81.86Bhp and 114.74 Nm of torque. The diesel variant of the 1.5L engine produces 98.63Bhp and 240.26 Nm of torque. All these engines can be paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, 6-speed IMT manual transmission, IVT automatic transmission, or a 7-speed DCT transmission. Hyundai has made available a plethora of engine and transmission options, but we aren’t exactly sure which variants will be available in our market.

The N models are Hyundai’s performance models, similar to Mercedes Benz’s AMG cars, BMW’s M cars, VW’s GTI cars, etc. The New i20 N line–which has seen testing in India and features some performance mods over the standard vehicle, to make it sportier–is expected to launch in the near future. It’s been rumoured that the full-blown N model, which produces 204Bhp and 265 Nm torque, will get launched in India too. We really hope that the N Line and the N model are brought to our country as well!

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