Hyundai i20 Active gets 11% better torque delivery, 20 mm extra GC - Report

11/03/2015 - 23:42 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

Power and torque output reportedly the same.

Overdrive has reported new details on the Hyundai i20 Active. Having driven the car, the publication was briefed that the i20 Active will come with the same engines and outputs as the Elite i20, but have a different driving character.

Hyundai i20 Active front view spyshot
The i20 Active gets projector headlamp with LED DRL, cornering lamps, (faux) skid plate and new body colour.

The 1.2-liter petrol engine which makes 83 PS and 114 Nm will have 6 percent better torque delivery in the lower gears, while the 1.4-liter diesel engine which outputs 90 PS and 220 Nm will have 11 percent improved torque delivery. How much this recalibration has improved in-gear acceleration is not quantified.

The publication observes that the change in driving performance is more noticeable on the diesel, where it revs more freely and "comes in earlier." And thanks to lower turbo lag, the driving experience was more fun.

Hyundai i20 Active rear spyshot
A new two-tone bumper, (faux) skid plate, large reflector units, side body fitting and roof rails complete the external changes.

The fuel efficiency figures quoted however differ. While the petrol delivers 17.19 km/l (down from 18.24 km/l for the Elite), the diesel comes in at 21.19 km/l (down from 22.54 km/l). This indicates that some efficiency has been traded in for responsiveness. The five-speed manual gearbox of the former and the six-speed unit of the latter have also been borrowed.

The suspension has also been raised to give it a ground clearance of 190 mm (20 mm more than the Elite) and the car is hoisted on 195/55 R16 tyres (available only on the top-spec Elite Asta and Sportz variants).

You can read about the other changes on the i20 Active here.

Rivals: Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross, VW Cross Polo
Expected Price: INR 6.5-8 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: March 17, 2015 (confirmed)

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