Hyundai Motor India Limited quietly launched the automatic variant of the Elite i20 sedan. The automatic version will be sold only in Magna variant and has been priced at Rs 9.01 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
The Elite i20 AT gets a four-speed automatic transmission coupled to a 1368cc four-cylinder VTVT petrol engine that develops 99bhp at 6,000rpm and 132.5Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The engine develops 17bhp higher than the manual transmission-equipped Elite i20 that employs 1,197cc four-cylinder engine. This engine develops only 82bhp and 115Nm of torque.
To keep the price in check, the Magna automatic trim misses out on features such as the touch-screen infotainment system, automatic climate control, parking camera and alloy wheels. However, the model is equipped with dual airbags, audio system with internal memory and steering-mounted controls.
As far as the style and design are concerned, the new automatic and regular variants are identical. The automatic variant of the Elite i20 has been awaited for some time now, ever since its prime rivals — Honda Jazz and Maruti Suzuki Baleno — came with CVT gearbox on the petrol variants. This will also boost the sales of Elite i20 in the premium hatchback segment.
Apart from the new automatic variant, the company has also added side and curtain airbags to the top-end Elite i20 Asta (O) variant. This variant is now available with six airbags and has been priced at Rs. 7,75,828 for the petrol variant and Rs. 8,99,992 for the diesel model, ex-showroom Delhi.