Hyundai’s popular hatchback, the i20 is coming around for a facelift this year and the new model will reportedly, make its worldwide debut at the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. However, there are some speculations that the refreshed i20 could make its Indian debut ahead of its official launch considering, India is one of the biggest markets for the hatchback. The Indian debut is rumoured to get underway on the 15th of August.
To make space for the new i20, Hyundai dealers are reportedly, offering some discount offers to clear stocks of the current model. A discount of Rs 19,000 is being offered on the top-end i20 Asta diesel and Rs 22,000 on the petrol Asta. Furthermore, Hyundai is also offering an assured holiday package for a couple with free air tickets and hotel stay to an exotic location, which amounts to a savings of up to Rs 71,000.
The upcoming version of the i20 has already been spotted a number of times across Europe and in India. From the spy shots, it seems like the refreshed version will come with an entirely re-worked set of taillights and headlights. There are hints of a new front grille - in tune, with Hyundai’s new Fluidic design philosophy and revised rear and front bumpers and also the sporty trapezium fog lamps. On the inside, the we expect the South Korean automaker to equip the already feature-rich hatchback with even more industry-first and segment-first features.
Powering the refreshed Hyundai i20 in India could be a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine with VTVT that is rated at 83PS and 114Nm and 1.4-litre diesel unit that puts out 90PS and 220Nm. The petrol engine comes mated to either a 5-Speed manual or a 4-Speed automatic gearbox, while the diesel powerplant could get a 6-Speed manual transmission.
In the Indian market, the Hyundai i20 will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Volkswagen Polo and the upcoming Fiat Punto Evo, Polo GT, Tata Bolt and the Honda Jazz. Expect a price tag ranging between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 9 lakh to accompany the 2014 Hyundai i20.