Sunday, 15 March 2015

New Cars 2015 - Hyundai i20 Active

The Elite i20 has a new cousin - the i20 Active. Contrary to what its name might suggest, the i20 Active is a crossover based on the Elite i20 and so its natural rivals are other puffed-up hatchbacks like the Etios Cross, the Cross Polo and the Fiat Avventura. But the i20 Active is more than just a beefed up hatchback with extra cladding. The Elite i20 based i20 Active is ready to hit the market on March 17.

The i20 Active gets a significantly new front end over the Elite i20.

The bumper gets large, round fog lamps with a cornering lamp function, a skid plate and an inverted hexagonal grille. The headlight unit also gets LED DRLs.

The cabin of the crossover is expected to be similar to the one in the Elite i20. Hyundai might borrow the new instrument panel with gear shift indicator and three-spoke steering wheel with integrated audio and Bluetooth controls from the hatchback. The layout is expected to be the same, but the company might give the interior a sporty look. Like the feature rich i20 hatchback, the crossover will also be packed with many features like height adjustable driver’s seat, cooled glove-box, 2-Din audio system with 1 GB internal memory, climate control system, cruise control, a second power outlet, reverse parking assist, clutch lock etc.

The engine options for the hatchback-based crossover are expected to be the same petrol and diesel mills from the Elite i20. The petrol variant might be powered by the four-cylinder 1.2-litre Kappa motor that produces 83bhp of power and 113Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The diesel version might employ the 1.4-litre CRDI motor that churns out 89bhp of power and 219Nm of torque. This mill comes paired to a six-speed manual gearbox.

The Elite i20-based crossover's entry-level variant might be priced Rs 60,000 to Rs 90,000 more than the base version of hatchback. The top-end variant might demand about Rs 1.5 lakh more than the high-end Elite i20, putting the car in a price bracket of Rs 6 lakh to Rs 11 lakh. Its prime rival will be the upcoming Maruti Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, while it will also go up against the Toyota Etios Cross, Volkswagen Cross Polo and the Fiat Avventura.



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