It appears like South Korean auto-major Hyundai is all set to celebrate this festive season with the automatic version of its popular hatchback, the Elite i20. Although the company has not officially announced the arrival of the Elite i20 automatic, the model has silently made its debut online on the company website along with a new petrol engine as rumoured earlier.
The company has also added side and curtain airbags for the top-end Hyundai Elite i20 Asta (O). The top-end Asta (O) is now available with six airbags and has been priced at Rs. 7,75,828 for the petrol variants and Rs. 8,99,992 for the diesel model (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).
Currently, the Elite i20 in India is sold with a 1.2 litre petrol engine and a 1.4 litre CRDi diesel motor. While the petrol engine of Elite i20 can churn out 82bhp of power and peak torque of 114Nm, the diesel motor is tuned to generate 89bhp of power and peak torque of 220Nm.
The automatic version in the Elite i20 will only be offered on the Magna variant of the hatchback. The 1.4 litre four-cylinder VTVT petrol engine develops 99bhp at 6,000rpm and 132.5Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. This engine will come coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission.
While there is no change in the style and design of the model, the Elite i20 automatic misses out on features such as projectors headlamps, keyless entry, rear parking camera and the touchscreen entertainment system. The Elite i20 Magna comes with dual front airbags as standard.
Hyundai Elite i20 automatic will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz.