South Korean car major, Hyundai Motor has introduced the automatic model of the very popular i20 (known as the Elite i20 in India) in the car market of Indonesia. The Hyundai Elite i20 automatic version is expected to launch in the car market of India soon as well, as Hyundai India is one of the major exporters of the current generation i20 or Elite i20 in the world.
In India, the automatic transmission car models have become highly popular in the past couple of years’ time. Previously, the Indian auto market was all for manual transmission equipped car models, while the automatic variants hardly used to attract buyers in the mass market. The automatic transmission was considered only fit for the luxury segment in India and the car makers avoided bringing in the automatic variants of their offerings here. This is because, the automatic versions of cars are more expensive than their manual counterparts, while also being less fuel efficient. Thus, the automatic cars have a less economical attraction for the car buyers in India, and so they weren’t a popular choice, until very recently. Things have changed now, and the modern urban car buyers of India are increasingly going for the convenience of the automatic transmission for an easy drive experience in the traffic stricken city roads.
The advent of the affordable AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) started this change in India, and now even the conventional automatic transmission is quite a hot favorite of the urban car buyers. Thus, more car manufacturers are introducing the automatic version in a number of smaller segments of India well. As per a recent study the automatic car models’ sale has doubled in the country in the last one year. This only indicates that a lot more automatic cars are going to launch in our market, and the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic will be one of them.
As Hyundai Motor India’s arch rival Maruti Suzuki is offering a whole host of automatic models, Hyundai is also likely to do the same. The Hyundai i20 automatic which was displayed at the Indonesian Auto Show packed in a 1.4 liter, 4 cylinder Gamma VTVT petrol mill that used to do the duty under the hood of the last-gen i20 in India, but got discontinued with the launch of the new-gen Elite i20. This engine offers 99.3 PS of peak power and 130 Nm of top torque. The Elite i20 in India gets powered by the 1.2 liter Kappa petrol engine that generates 83.3 PS and 114 Nm. The Hyundai Elite i20 automatic is fitted with a 4 speed automatic transmission, while the manual model comes with a 5 speed gearbox.
In India, the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic is likely to be available in two petrol models including the top of the range Asta. The premium hatchback’s automatic model will definitely be a bit dearer than the corresponding manual counterparts. The Hyundai Elite i20 automatic is likely to hit the Indian car market around this year’s festive season.