The South-Korean automaker is all set to launch its new and refreshed Hyundai i20 at the Auto Expo 2018, which is due in the upcoming month, February. The car has been spied many times last year and now, as per the sources, it is reported that the i20 facelift is likely to come with a 1.2-litre Kappa engine. This is the first time when i20 is coming featured with this kind of motor. The new engine is expected to replace the 1.4-litre motor, which is available in the ongoing petrol variant.
The current Hyundai i20 comes mated with an automatic transmission system with a four-speed torque-converter, which was actually meant for the European market. However, it did not manage to perform well on the sales chart in India due to its lofty price. It was heavily priced, even beyond the price of its major rival Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
India is a very important market for Hyundai, and obviously seeing the increasing demand for automatics in 2018, the company has invested in a new transmission specifically for the domestic market. With the smaller 1.2-litre gasoline engine, the new i20 is benefitted from the new small car tax rate, which is to be 12.5 percent for the cars which are under four metres long and have an engine smaller than 1200cc. Earlier, the i20 1.4 had a much higher tax rate of 24 percent.
The Hyundai i20 facelift is also going to get better on the mileage figure. In addition, it will feature a single-piece ‘Cascade’ grille replacing the two-part grille seen on the ongoing model.
With a reduced tax rate, Hyundai is likely to price the new i20 more competitively, posing a tough competition to the Baleno CVT.
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