Hyundai HB20 takes its public bow in Brazil; Priced from 8.7 lakhs
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Hyundai officially unveiled the HB20 hatchback yesterday in Brazil. The Brazilian market had been waiting for this i20-based Hyundai hatchback with much anticipation.
Hyundai has priced the entry level variant at R$ 31,995 (around Rs. 8.7 lakhs). It may share its platform with the i20, but the HB20 has been engineered with Brazilian car buyers in mind and hence the good looks, better space and cheaper materials to keep the costs in check. It also makes do without the i20’s safety features that would’ve made it far more costly.
The car adopts the ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ theme which has now become a norm in every new Hyundai. As a result the front fascia gets the familiar family face. The profile bears a close resemblance to the i20 and the strong waistline continues to flow in the hatch door too. The hatch door itself is stylish with curved surfaces and carries a part of the sleek high mounted tail lamps.
The interior also gets its styling cues from the existing ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ relatives and cabin is full black. It looks simple but plastic quality may not be top notch owing to the cost factor.
The entry model comes equipped with a 1.0 litre flex fuel engine that belts out 80 bhp and mated to a five speed manual tranny. The higher variants with a 1.6 litre flex fuel motor get manual as well as automatic transmissions options.
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Hyundai is expected to commence sales in Brazil from 10th of October. While we may expect the next generation i20 to get design lessons from the HB20, Hyundai insists that HB20 is strictly a Brazil specific model, so much so that ‘HB’ in its name stands for ‘Hyundai Brazil’.
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