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Hyundai i20 Automatic Launching Around Diwali 2016

Snapshot: The company could introduce either a 4-speed or a 6-speed torque converter with the auto variant.

Hyundai India would launch an automatic variant of the i20 hatch during the festive season in the country. Currently, Hyundai i20 is only available in manual transmission in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The company could introduce either a 4-speed or a 6-speed torque converter with the auto variant. It is being learnt that the South-Korean automaker would refrain from offering AMT gearbox or CVT transmission; instead go for the conventional torque converter system.

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Hyundai i20 bagged the prestigious 2015 Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) award and recently, it was announced that over 1 million units of the iconic hatch have been sold. The company, in all likelihood, would introduce the automatic transmission in the petrol fuel trim, which is powered by the 1.2L VTVT engine. This engine also does duties to the Grand i10 hatch with a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Hence, it seems more likely that the aforementioned 4-speed gearbox would make its way to the i20 as well. Contrary to this, a few reports have also suggested the inclusion of 6-speed auto gearbox, sourced from Creta in order to get better mileage and driving comfort. Just so you know, Hyundai i20 is the only vehicle in its segment to not have an automatic variant.

Hyundai i20 has always featured in the list of top 10 passenger vehicles almost every month with sales nearly around 10,000 units. It has outnumbered its rivals like Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo continuously; though, it is facing stiff competition from Maruti Baleno from the past 5-6 months with neck-to-neck sales numbers. The Honda Jazz and Maruti Baleno are available with a CVT gearbox, while the Volkswagen Polo's range-topping GT TSI variant is on offer with a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Despite the non-availability of an automatic variant, the i20 has fared exceptionally well and with the introduction of auto gearbox around November, it is certainly going to set the sales charts ringing for Hyundai.

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