2018 Hyundai i20 petrol AT launch in May
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
Hyundai launched the i20 facelift at the 2018 Auto Expo. However, the 2018 Hyundai i20 petrol automatic variant is yet to go on sale. Hyundai will launch the i20 with a CVT in May this year.
At the Auto Expo, HMIL officials confirmed that petrol variant of the i20 paired with a CVT will reach showroom in May. For now, the hatchback is available with a 1.2 L Kappa petrol and a 1.4 L U2 CRDi diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed manual transmission respectively.
Hyundai introduced the i20 with a 1.4 L petrol engine mated to a 4-speed torque converter in September 2016 priced at INR 9.02 lakhs (ex-showroom). The variant was only available in the mid-level Magna grade. The application of a 1.4 L engine meant it attracted higher tax and the price was driven up further thanks to the use of gearbox that had to be imported. Even in its top-end trim, the Maruti Baleno 1.2 CVT was much cheaper than the i20 ensuring demand was low. The decision to equip the 1.2 L petrol engine with a CVT will help Hyundai price the i20 automatic competitively.
The 2018 Hyundai i20 facelift comes with minor cosmetic upgrades including new front and rear bumpers, new ‘Cascading’ grille, a new set of alloy wheels, revised tail lamp graphics, and a slightly rejigged centre console. The Hyundai i20 petrol range starts INR 5.35 lakh onwards while the diesel variant is priced from INR 6.73 lakhs (both prices ex-showroom Delhi).