Will slot between the Elite i20 and the upcoming ix25.
The first fully undisguised image of the Hyundai i20 Active, previously called the Elite i20 Cross, has been posted on Twitter, revealing the front and rear of the Toyota Etios Cross slayer.
The front is differentiated by the skid plate, projector headlamp with daytime running lights and large foglamp.
The spied diesel variant is seen sporting a revised rear bumper with circular reflector elements, sharp roof spoiler, roof rails, plastic body enrichment and silver skid plate.
The dressed-up Elite i20 also gets a new brown exterior colour, and an increased ground clearance that's marginally higher than the hatchback's 170 mm. A person privy to the product's development earlier told IAB that the suspension would be upgraded, and test mules were spotted with projector headlamp, full plastic body armour, and a camouflaged dashboard suggesting an upgrade in the infotainment system.
The Hyundai i20 Active will launch in India next month, and the car will also be exported. The engine configurations are unlikely to change with the 1.2L petrol engine which develops 83 PS @ 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm torque @ 4000 rpm, and the 1.4L diesel engine which delivers 90 PS power at 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm torque at 1,500 - 2,750 rpm, soldiering on.
Competitors: VW Cross Polo, Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross
Expected Price: INR 6.5-8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: March 9, 2015 (reported)