Hyundai i20 Facelift Debut; Baleno in Danger?

Hyundai i20 Facelift unveiled globally!

Hyundai has globally debuted the i20 Facelift that will go on sale with addition of new feature!

Hyundai Motors unveiled the i20 Facelift globally with few changes in styling and will first go on sale in Europe soon with India launch expected later this year!

Hyundai i20 Facelift – What you need to know!

Hyundai just gave the i20 a mid-life update with little changes to the exterior and interior of the hatchback. From the front, it has slightly tweaked design to the grille, and just above the bumpers, at the sides it get’s two arrow-shaped inlet. The lower part is finished in contrast black and now it has a wider chin. The headlamps unit in Europe remains unchanged as they’re LED headlamps unit. The Hyundai 2D logo has been repositioned from the grille to the body just below the bonnet to make room for the ADAS radar system.

Other than the styling changes, it gets a new star-shaped alloy wheels with 16-inch size in lower variants and 17-inch size in the top variants. The rear has minimal changes like the dual-tone rear bumper and faux diffuser. The i20 facelift gets three new exterior color shades – Lime Metallic Color, Lumen Gray, and Meta Blue Pearl shades. From the inside, there are no major changes or new equipment except for the fact it now has ADAS as standard with Lane Following Assistance, and Forward Collision Warning with Assistance.

Hyundai has improved the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as they look similar to the one’s in Creta and Venue. The i20 Facelift will be produced in Turkey for the European Market just like the current i20.

Hyundai i20 Facelift – Engine Changes!

The i20 Facelift in Europe will continue to be powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine with 48V mild-hybrid tech that produces 118.35 bhp and 172 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed Manual and 7-speed DCT Gearbox. The other engine they have is the 1.2-litre petrol that puts out 98.69 bhp and 172 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed Manual and 7-speed DCT Gearbox.

Engine1.2-litre Kappa petrol 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power81.80 bhp118.41 bhp
Torque114.74 Nm171.62 Nm
Transmission Type5-speed MT, IVT (or CVT)7-speed DCT
Fuel Efficiency21 km/l – MT
19.65 km/l – IVT
20.28 km/l – DCT

While in India, the i20 is offered with two petrol engines – Petrol and Turbo-Petrol. The 1.2-litre kappa petrol engine produces 81.80 bhp and 114.74 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Transmission with a fuel efficiency of 21 km/l and an IVT Transmission with fuel efficiency of 19.65 km/l. The next is the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine which produces 118.41 bhp and 171.62 Nm of torque paired to a 7-speed DCT Transmission and no Manual Transmission on offer. It has a fuel efficiency of 20.28 km/l.

Hyundai i20 Facelift – When will it launch in India?

The Current-gen Hyundai i20 when it launched in India in 2020, it launched few months after the launch of i20 overseas. What this means is that the i20 facelift is scheduled to launch in Europe in August 2023, and then it will take few months time to launch the Indian-spec i20 facelift. The i20 rivals the Tata Altroz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and Toyota Glanza.

Hyundai is currently working on launching it’s micro-SUV, Hyundai Exter in the coming few weeks or months. The Creta facelift, and the Creta N-Line will launch sometime in 2024.

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