Hyundai is working on a mid-life facelift of the Elite i20 hatchback. It is currently undergoing testing on public roads in India. The updated model is expected to be showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, with an official launch scheduled soon after.
Hyundai launched the Elite i20 in August 2014. From the day of launch, the premium hatchback managed to tick the right boxes of customer requirements and thus became the best-selling model in the segment. However, with the launch of the Maruti Baleno, Hyundai struggled to give any major competition to the popularity of the Maruti brand name and thus saw a slight drop in monthly sales of the Elite i20. However, with the new upcoming 2018 facelift, the company is positively looking ahead to bring more customers to its showrooms, and thus improve its sales numbers.
Here’s everything we know so far about the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift:
2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift India launch date
Hyundai will be showcasing the new Elite i20 at the 2018 Auto Expo, which is scheduled from February 9 – 14. However, prices are expected to be announced by the end of February, with deliveries starting soon after.
We will update this section once Hyundai India officially announces the exact dates.
|Launch Date (Expected)||February 2018|
Hyundai Elite i20 facelift 2018 expected price
Since the 2018 update is just a cosmetic facelift, Hyundai won’t increase prices of the premium hatchback by a huge margin. The current model is priced in the range of Rs. 5.3 lakh to Rs. 9.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Hence, we expect the new Hyundai Elite i20 2018 price to range between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh.
|Petrol base trim||Rs 5.5 Lakh|
|Diesel top-end trims||Rs 9.5 Lakh|
New Hyundai Elite i20 2018 facelift specifications
Engine options on offer with the upcoming 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift are expected to remain unchanged. Hence, the petrol models will be powered by a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine rated at 82 bhp and 115 Nm, while being mated to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, the diesel i20 will get a 1.4-litre block with a 6-speed manual transmission and 89 bhp & 220 Nm on tap.
2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift exterior changes
The 2018 Elite i20 facelift will come with some significant changes related to the car’s design. A majority of these changes are expected to be concentrated at the front. This includes a new set of headlights that will feature projector units and LED DRLs. It will also get a redesigned bumper with a wide new grille, in-line with Hyundai’s latest design language. The side profile will remain mostly unchanged, except a set of new alloy wheels on higher variants. Meanwhile, the rear end will come with a tweaked pair of taillights and a new bumper.
Hyundai Elite i20 facelift competitors
- Maruti Baleno
- Honda Jazz
- Volkswagen Polo