The Cross will likely borrow its engines from the Elite i20.
Here are more spyshots of the Hyundai Elite i20 Cross, which was first snapped testing by an Indian Autos Blog reader earlier this week. The image below shows the Elite i20 Cross with projector headlights (offered only on the European specification model), roof rails, side body cladding and new petal-shaped alloy wheels.
It is indeed a surprise that Hyundai wants to launch a crossover based on the Elite, given that it plans to introduce the ix25 compact SUV anyway. Hyundai's strategy may seek to position the Elite Cross against cars like the Avventura, Etios Cross and Cross Polo (sub-4m pseudo crossovers), while the ix25 would be priced higher and will compete with C-Segment SUVs Duster, Terrano, Scorpio and the SX4 S-Cross.
Also read: India-bound Hyundai ix25 launched in China
Expect the Elite i20 Cross to borrow its running gear from the Elite i20. The petrol engine will be the 1.2-liter 'Kappa' matched to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel motor is a 1.4-liter CRDI which comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Competitors: Toyota Etios Cross, Fiat Avventura, VW Cross Polo
Expected Price: INR 6.5-8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: 2015
[Spyshots from Gaadi]