Report - Hyundai Elite i20 Cross confirmed for early 2015 launch

05/12/2014 - 14:38 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Will rival the likes of the VW Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross.

The Hyundai Elite i20 based crossover, which has been spotted on tests in the outskirts of Chennai several times, will launch early next year. The news was confirmed to The Hindu Business Line by Young Jin Ahn, Chief Coordinator, Sales & Marketing Division, Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL).

Hyundai Elite i20 cross IAB rendering
Our artist's rendering of the Elite-based cross.

The Elite-based cross will target the likes of the VW Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura which have seen incremental sales for their respective makers. Of course, Hyundai will not simply rest after the crossover's launch, as it plans to bring in the ix25 compact SUV next year too.

The Elite cross will get premium features like projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, petal-shaped alloy wheels, roof rails, front and rear skid guards and side body cladding. Reports say that engineers have increased the ground clearance of the car as well.

Hyundai Elite i20 Cross taillights spied
Increased ground clearance could be seen on the Elite, but features like roof rails and body cladding are confirmed.

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The Elite cross is expected to be powered by the same set of engines that are seen on the Elite i20. The petrol engine is a 1.2-liter unit and the diesel is a 1.4-liter motor. For now, there are no automatic transmissions on offer.

Competitors: Fiat Avventura, VW Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross
Expected Price: INR 6.5-8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: Early 2015

[Source - Hindu BusinessLine]

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