We just reported that the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic that recently launched in Indonesia is an India-bound car. The Elite i20 that is known as the Hyundai i20 in other markets is an immensely popular car model in India and it is only natural for Hyundai to launch the automatic version in India. We reported that the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic is soon to launch in India, probably just prior to this year’s festive season. Now, it has come to light that the South Korean car major has gone ahead commencing the pre-launch bookings for the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic already. As per the latest reports, some of the authorized Hyundai dealerships have began registering bookings for the upcoming Elite i20 automatic.
Nevertheless, Hyundai Motor India the second largest car maker of the country has not yet revealed any launch dates for the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic version. Nonetheless, if the company’s dealers have started accepting orders for the model, it clearly indicates that the launch is really imminent. It is expected that the South Korean car major is going to officially launch the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic version in India in the month of September, while the deliveries of the car will probably start by mid-September, say recent reports.
As per the speculations, the upcoming Hyundai Elite i20 automatic is expected to launch only in the petrol version in at least two variants. Rumors are also rife that the automatic transmission choice would be available with a new petrol mill. At present, the Elite i20 premium hatchback model is available in India powered by a 1.2 liter petrol motor and a 1.4 liter CRDi diesel mill. The petrol version of the Elite i20 offers a peak power of 82 bhp and a top torque of 114 Nm, while the diesel avatar delivers 89 bhp of power and 220 Nm of torque.
The upcoming Hyundai Elite i20 automatic model will come powered by a 1.4 liter petrol mill which will have the capability to generate a max power output of 98 bhp. As was reported earlier the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic is expected to come in two model trims, and these would obviously the top trims of the premium hatch namely the Asta and Sportz.
In terms of design and other features, everything is going to exactly the same as that of the ongoing Elite i20 models in India and the only thing new will be the automatic transmission probably along with a new petrol mill as mentioned above. However, according to some speculations, a few features might be given a miss on the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic model in order to keep the price in check, but this is unlikely to happen on the top trim.
The second-gen Hyundai Elite i20 first launched in India back in August 2014. Ever since, Hyundai sold more than 2 lakh units of the premium hatchback in the country. Post its launch in India, the Hyundai Elite i20 automatic will go up against the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Honda Jazz CVT petrol variants.