Hyundai Elite i20, also known as i20 in international markets, proved to be a very successful product from the Korean auto giant. The premium hatchback offers loads of features with good looks and premium interiors, making it the best selling premium hatchback in India. And now, the German arm of the Hyundai Motors has unveiled a special sport edition of the i20 in Germany.
The Hyundai i20 Sports, as it is called, is the turbocharged version of the downsized petrol engine. The new engine is developed at the Hyundai's German technical centre in Russelsheim. This new family of engine which will offer more power with less capacity will cost around Rs 14 Lac (19,990 Euros) in Germany for the i20 Sport.
Talking about the engine, the i20 Sport will be powered by an all new Kappa 3 cylinder, 1.0-litre T-GDI engine. The turbocharged petrol unit will be equipped with a single-scroll turbo that helps generate power of 120bhp and a maximum torque of 172 Nm. The power is sent to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. And 120 bhp pushes the i20 Sport from 0-100 kmph in 10.3 seconds.
While these figures are a good boost for the i20, Hyundai has managed to keep the hatchback as frugal as possible. Speaking of which, the i20 Sport manages to attain a claimed mileage figure of 20kmph, thanks to a direct injection tech on its small displacement engine. In short, Hyundai has replace the most powerful i20 of the town, the Hyundai i20 N Sport, with the new 1.0-litre i20 Sport.
Coming to the design side, the Sport edition is based on the second generation Hyundai i20, or the Elite i20 as called in India. Making it lower to enhance the performance, the new front bumper lower lip extensions, while the new 16-inch alloy compliment the low ride height. The front end gets projector headlamps with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. On the rear end, there's a LED unit on contrary to India spec i20.
The i20 Sport will only be given one colour scheme named as the Polar white which comes with subtle grey and blue racing inspired livery. There will be grey decals to highlight the hood and the wheel arches while the bumper lip, door frames and ORVMs get it in blue. A newly designed spoiler on the tailgate for aerodynamics and an exhaust with a chrome muffler tip enhances the rear looks. Rest everything remains the same.
Considering that Hyundai's arch rival, and India's biggest manufacturer Maruti Suzuki offers Baleno with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, it's obvious that Hyundai will introduce their new family of engines to the Indian market. While there's no official announcement by Hyundai to reveal it in Auto Expo 2016 next month, chances are high that Hyundai can do so, as Hyundai has no new product to be launched at the expo.
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