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Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) has launched Elite i20 in India, the next generation of its premium hatchback i20 at a starting price of Rs 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom Chennai). The Elite i20 is being launched globally for the first time in India, which was designed at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rsheim, Germany. Elite i20 is the first car that is built on Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy and looks totally different from the old model. The front fascia of the car has Hyundai’s new signature hexagonal grille and a new thin horizontal strip that meets the head-lamps. The rear of the car also looks completely different, with boomerang shaped tail-lights, and new wrap-around windows.

Elite i20 is available in two engine options – an 89bhp 1.4-litre U2 CRDi diesel and the 81bhp 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission retained from the i20. In India, HMIL launched the first generation i20 in December, 2008 and it has so far sold 7.34 lakh units in the country. HMIL is expected to commence exports of Elite i20 soon and will target Latin America, West Asia and Asia, besides Australia and New Zealand. A company official said that HMIL has stopped exports to European countries last month and plans to focus more on the domestic market. In 2013, HMIL accounted for 40% of the total cars exported from India; now it plans to reduce the export numbers to increase its domestic market share.

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Rakesh Srivastava – Sr. VP – Sales & Marketing, HMIL,  B S Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL

Rakesh Srivastava – Sr. VP – Sales & Marketing, HMIL, B S Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL










Speaking at the Global Debut of Elite i20, B S Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL said, “The Elite i20 is a world-class product designed, developed and engineered to excellence to deliver value beyond expectations. The new model will offer a premium ownership experience for novelty seeking, modern and premium elite customers. The all new Elite i20 features youthful sporty exterior and premium interior which are an expression of evolved design language – Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. The Elite i20 will be a trendsetter model reflecting Hyundai’s Modern Premium brand direction and will fuel Hyundai’s growth in India”.

Driving Performance

Enhanced driving dynamics & reduced NVH levels were priorities for the product development team. The all-new Elite i20 will set a new standard for ride and handling in premium compact segment.  Extensive testing and tuning as per Indian road conditions has been set out to improve the ride characteristics of the all-new Elite i20 resulting in enhanced driving performance.

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As indicated earlier, the all new Elite i20 is available with choice of high performance and reliable petrol & diesel engines. The powertrains of Elite i20 have been engineered for delivering combination of high performance and high fuel efficiency. The 1.2 Dual VTVT Kappa and 2nd Generation U2 1.4 CRDi engines offer maximum drivability in all conditions, delivering high power and torque with high fuel efficiency. The environment friendly U2 1.4 CRDi diesel engine is low on emission and NVH levels; however it operates at a high pressure 1,800 bars and generates high low end torque resulting in lesser gear shifts in city driving conditions for enhanced drive comfort. The linear power delivery and flat torque over wide range of engine rpm’s ensure smooth and jerk free drive. Moreover, the 6 speed manual transmissions of U2 diesel engine ensure maximum availability of full engine output and contribute to smooth shifting resulting in fatigue free ride for occupants.

Technical Specifications


Capacity (cc) Power (PS) Torque (kg.m)
1.2 Dual VTVT Kappa Petrol 1,197 83 11.7
1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel 1,396 90 22.4


Mileage (ARAI Certified Figures)

Best-in Segment
1.2 Dual VTVT Kappa 18.60 * (Era/Magna)
1.4 U2 CRDi Diesel 22.54 * (Era/Magna)


*18.24 PL & 21.76 DSL (Sportz, Sportz(O), Asta)

 Styling – Fluidic Sculpture 2.0

The all-new Elite i20 embodies Hyundai’s evolved design philosophy, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, encapsulating a trio of main design elements: fluid aesthetics, the modern appeal, and premium interiors. Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 further defines the core characteristics, such as simple and harmonious design with refined fluidic design elements. The all-new Elite i20 offers modern and sporty style through user friendly interface and pleasing design fundamentals that are expressed through rich visuotactile colors, materials and overall levels of finish.

 Elegance Redefined: Exteriors

Hyundai Motor’s latest interpretation of Fluidic Sculpture provides the all-new Elite i20 with a sporty sleek style, a confident stance, and an appearance that is in keeping with Hyundai Motor’s pioneering signature look. Ultimately, the balanced, refined styling of the all-new Elite i20 conveys the dynamic driving experience. A single-frame premium 3D hexagonal grille is a key styling element at the front of the car, refined lines on its flanks and futuristic rear contribute to its dynamic shape. The striking front and rear light clusters add to the new model’s modern and sporty appearance.


  • Masculine & Bold Large Hexagonal front grill
  • Large bonnet imparting big car feel
  • Elongated swept back headlamps
  • Wide and distinctive Trapezoidal Fog Lamp
  • Premium 2 tone 16 inch Diamond Cut Alloy wheels
  • Sporty & stylish Black C pillar
  • Premium chrome finish door handles
  • Hi-tech and wide 3 step wrap around tail lamps.

Interior SpacePremium Redefined: Interiors

The all-new Elite i20 benefits from improved interior ergonomics, resulting in a completely driver-focused cabin that incorporates Hyundai Motor’s core interior design principles of premium aesthetics, intuitiveness and simplicity. The product offers uncompromising convenience and generous interior comfort and space conveying a sense of style and dynamism with high quality finish.


  • Sporty Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • Integrated 2 Din MP3 Audio with USB & Aux-in & 1 GB internal memory
  • Aesthetically Designed hi-tech & Informative Supervision cluster
  • Spacious cabin with generous legroom and shoulder room
  • Large boot space of 285 ltr
  • Rear AC vents for faster cooling at rear
  • FATC (Fully Automatic Temperature Control) for added comfort & style quotient
  • Console armrest with storage box
  • Enhanced comfort  with driver seat height adjustment
  • Host of other comfort & convenience features like centre console mounted card holder, sunglass holder, front & rear door map pockets

Advance and hi-tech features

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Multi-Function steering wheel with Audio & Bluetooth controls
  • Start Stop button
  • Smart key
  • Tilt & Telescopic steering
  • Escort Function
  • Auto Folding Outside Rear View Mirror

Uncompromised Safety

The all-new Elite i20 features an abundance of advanced safety features designed to protect its passengers. It offers advanced cutting-edge preventive safety systems offering driving confidence on any road conditions.


  • Dual airbags
  • ABS (Anti-lock braking system)
  • Smart pedal for better control during panic braking
  • Impact Sensing Door Unlock
  • Advanced Rear Parking Camera with Steering Adaptive parking Guide Lines
  • Reverse Parking sensors for enhanced convenience

Segment Unique:  Features

The all- new Elite i20 is equipped with host of hi-tech and first in segment features for enhanced comfort, convenience and high value.


  • Sporty & Stylish Black C – Pillar
  • Front Console arm rest with storage box
  • Automatic Headlamps
  • Cluster ionizer for fresh and odor free cabin
  • 2 Tone Diamond Cut 16” Alloy wheels
  • 1 GB internal memory in-audio
  • Smart pedal for enhanced safety
  • Advanced premium looking supervision cluster

The all-new Elite i20 will be available in a range of 7 new colors


Model Era Magna Sportz Asta
Petrol 498,609 551,534 604,458 658,401
Diesel 620,742 673,667 726,592 780,534



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