Hyundai just dropped the much-awaited i20 facelift, after a series of teasers. This is the first update we got since the 3rd Gen i20 back in 2020.
The comeback of the iconic i20
After several speculations, Hyundai finally launched the successor of the i10 again which was honestly quite expected given its success in the Indian market.
The facelift this time gets some noticeable makeovers with the revised front and rear-end design and bumpers, changes in the interior which I’ll talk about later, and some new features.
The i20 now has 5 options: Era (new), Magna, Sportz, Asta, and Asta (O). The new base option also brings down the starting price by Rs 47,000 and there’s also a “price rise” of Rs. 20,000 – Rs.27,000 with each model upgrade.
New I20 facelift exterior
The updates aren’t much but they are noticeable. The internals of the front grille get a new design, and it has now a big black bar that connects it with the headlamps. Speaking of headlamps, they are now full LED units on the top version. The design remains unchanged.
The logo is now 2D and has now been repositioned from the grille to the bonnet. The front bumper also gets two arrow-shaped inlets on either side which makes it sportier but there are no fog lamps.
The rear bumper now gets a revised bumper with a dual-tone finish and a faux-silver skid plate. There’s also a new color option called “Amazon Grey paint shade” along with the other existing shades.
New i20 interior and features
Now, the interior hasn’t changed that much, but it does get a new dual-tone black and grey finish and a semi-leather seat upholstery on the top variant. This should feel better than the all-black interior since the previous interior felt a bit small due to the color. There’s also a physical volume knob now on the base of the touchscreen, which blends with the rest of the interior quite well. The car also gets new ambient lighting, leatherette paddings on the door armrests, puddle lamps with welcome features, Hyundai’s “Sounds of the Nature” function, Bose sound systems, and a wrapped D-cut steering wheel.
Also, this time Hyundai has dropped several safety features in the i20 as standard. It now has 6 airbags, Hill assistant control, ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, and Electronic Stability Control across all the variants. Hopefully, all the doubts related to i20’s safety will be solved now.
New i20 engine specs- Changed but still the same
The new i20 facelift now only has a sole 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which is equipped with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission. It produces 83hp with manual and 88hp with the CVT.
Now before you all start rioting, yes, Hyundai discontinued the 120hp, 1.0-litre petrol engine from the “regular” i20. The engine will make a comeback with the i20 N-line facelift, a performance-oriented model, and will likely be mated with a 7-speed DCT or ^-speed iMT transmission like before. This is confirmed by Hyundai to launch, though no timeline has been given yet.
The i20 facelift will start from Rs. 6.99 lacs and will go all the way up to Rs. 11.01 lacs.