2020 Hyundai Elite i20 is expected to get several new features while growing in dimensions for increased cabin room
Hyundai’s regular top-sellers in the domestic market every month are Elite i20, Grand i10 and Creta, and they have now been joined by the new Santro. With the Santro name revived only a couple of months ago, Hyundai will be strengthening its lineup with new generation versions of the other three in the coming years.
The segment Creta competes in will see increased rivals next year and the Elite i20 will also have to face a brand new competitor in Tata X451. Hyundai appears to be developing the second generation Creta as a more premium SUV with seven seater configuration. Meanwhile, the Elite i20 will also undergo substantial changes in its next avatar.
Hyundai introduced the Elite i20 back in August 2014 and it created a new definition to the segment by constantly raising the bar. However, the arrival of Maruti Suzuki Baleno took the proceedings to a whole new level. They traded top sales position in the segment often but in recent times a definitive gap has emerged between them.
While the Elite i20 approximately averaged around 12,000 units in the last one year, the Baleno has posted over 17,000 units during the same period on average despite the facelifted Elite i20 debuted at Auto Expo. To claw back the numbers, Hyundai is expected to launch introducing a new Elite i20 by mid 2020.
The 2020 Hyundai Elite i20 is believed to have bigger proportions for more spacious cabin with improved NVH levels while features like sunroof and heavily updated touchscreen infotainment system cannot be ruled out either. The existing 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre litre diesel powertrains could continue with BSVI emission compliance.
As for the exterior, the second-gen Elite i20 could draw influence from its global range especially the upcoming facelifted Elantra with edgier styling and more pronounced Cascading front grille as seen in the rendered images. The Elite i20, which is already a sporty looking hatchback, will likely witness a sleeker theme to the rear profile as well.