Hyundai India has officially revealed the i20 Active crossover, which will be launched in the country on March 17, 2015. Being based on the Elite i20 hatchback, it is the sportier version of the regular hatch and comes with several add-ons. Mechanically, it would be in-housing the same set of petrol and diesel engines as the Elite i20, albeit with a subtle upgrade in torque performance.
Talking about the exterior changes in the Hyundai i20 Active Crossover, it gets projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and cornering lights. Just to know oyu, cornering lights feature made its debut in the hatchback segment with Volkswagen Polo facelift, as earlier it was on offer with executive sedans only such as Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta. The redesigned front and rear bumpers, skid plates, roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels and side body cladding are some other elements which accentuate the sportiness. Also, the i20 Active would have a ground clearance of 190mm against Elite i20's 170mm. The i20 Active cross is being designed extensively at the company's Europe design center in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
Inside the cabin, Hyundai i20 Active would be offered dual tone interior scheme with blue-black and orange-black to choose from, unlike the hatch which is available in just dual tone black-beige shade. The base theme, inside the cabin, is kept black, while orange or blue shade is applied to the dashboard, door cards, shift knob and seats. However, one can also opt for an all-black interiors. In addition, a cooled glove box and faux aluminum sport pedals would also be available with i20 cross. The gear-knob would be different as compared to i20 hatch. It is expected that the mighty South-Korean automajor would launch the crossover in four trims, with range-topping SX being showcased in the images.
Mechanically, it would be offered in both petrol and diesel guises, while retaining the same set of engines that are on offer with Elite i20 hatch. The petrol variants would be powered by the 1.2L engine which will produce a maximum power of 82bhp and peak torque of 114Nm. It is being said that Hyundai has tuned this engine to provide a bit more torque during initial gears. It would be linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel variants would come loaded with the 1.4L diesel mill which is good enough for 89bhp of maximum power and 220Nm of highest torque. Similar to the petrol motor, it, too, has been tuned to offer more torque in lower gears. The company might launch an automatic variant as well, but sometimes later.
Hyundai Elite i20 Active would challenge the likes of Volkswagen CrossPolo, Toyota Etios Cross, and Fiat Avventura. It is expected to be priced approx. Rs. 75000 higher than the regular i20 models.