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Introduction of Hyundai HB20S
Hyundai Motor India Limited, the country’s largest exporter and second largest passenger car maker, could introduce its i20-based HB20S sedan in the domestic market. The Hyundai HB20S shares platform with i20 hatchback, which makes it quite different from the present Verna model, especially from the insides. Upon its arrival in India, the HB20S would compete against Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and Chevrolet Sail, amongst others.
The upcoming Hyundai HB20S also has few components common with the i20 premium hatch. The length of this vehicle is more than 4 metres, similar to that of the Hyundai Verna. So even though it is a sedan version of the i20, the design of this vehicle is quite different from the competition. The Hyundai HB20S has been officially launched in South American markets such as Brazil, where it competes against Chevrolet Prisma and sedan version of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback.
In addition to the HB20S, Hyundai has also lined up many other models for the Indian market in 2013. The upcoming cars may include a new compact sedan and compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and Multi Purpose Vehicle for the Indian market.
Engines & Specifications of Hyundai HB20S
The upcoming HB20S has been fitted with a 1.6 litre petrol engine that generates 128 bhp of power. In addition, it also comes with a 1.0 litre petrol engine, producing a maximum power output of 80 bhp. Two transmission options are provided in this vehicle- a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed automatic. It is expected that seven different versions of the HB20S would be available in the international market. Two of these variants get the 1.0 litre engine, while five of them are fitted with the 1.6 litre power train. The names of these variants are: 1.0 Comfort Plus Manual, 1.0 Comfort Style Manual, 1.6 Comfort Plus Manual, 1.6 Comfort Style Manual, 1.6 Comfort Auto Style, 1.6 Premium Manual and 1.6 Premium Automatic. With two different options of engines under its hood, Hyundai clearly aims to spoil its customers for choice, through this vehicle. Both engines perform well according to their capacities. A buyer looking for more power would go for the 1.6 litre version, while another buyer wanting a good-looking vehicle at an affordable price can select the 1.0 litre variant.
In terms of dimensions, the Hyundai HB20S sedan measures 4.2 metres x 1.7 metres x 1.5 metres. Its wheelbase is 2.5 metres, same as the i20. Its design has been prepared over a period of 3 years, which has resulted in the use of high quality materials and assembly technology. The vehicle has a luggage capacity of 450 litres, which is 150 litres more than that of the flagship hatchback i20.
Performance of Hyundai HB20S
Acceleration figures for the 1.6 litre and the 1.0 litre vehicles are different from each other, with some more variation due to the manual and automatic transmissions. The 1.0 litre Kappa engine allows the vehicle to reach from 0 to 100 kph in 14.9 seconds and this version can attain a top speed of 157 kph. Further, manual transmission versions of 1.6 litre HB20S can attain 0 to 100 kph in 9.7 seconds, while the automatic version is a bit slower and takes 11.4 seconds to reach the same speed. The manual version also has a higher top speed of 184 kph, as compared to 174 kph of the automatic variant.
Exterior, Interior & Safety Features of Hyundai HB20S
The design of the Hyundai HB20S follows the fluidic design language that is seen on all new models such as Verna, Elantra, Eon, i10 and i20. Reference to nature has been made and dynamic lines give the vehicle a modern appearance. It also has ten spoke alloy wheels which add class to the overall appearance of the car. With a steeply raked rear window, this car appears to be bigger than it actually is, presenting a Coupe like appearance. The boot of this vehicle is fairly voluminous and has a chrome strip at the bottom for a sophisticated look.
Headlamps on the new HB20S are much longer than the Verna and the i20. The front grille looks menacing and fog lamps are neatly slotted under the headlamps. The car exudes an appearance of muscularity, with sharp lines of design all around. It can be said that the interiors of the HB20S are similar to those of the Hyundai Sonata, which much more expensive in comparison. The dashboard has an integrated sound system with MP3, Aux-in and a CD player, along with Bluetooth capability, which can be controlled through a complete Multimedia Interface. Air conditioning vents are shaped in a vertical fashion, giving a sleek appearance. The vehicle's steering wheel is wrapped with leather and audio controls are integrated on it. A trip computer has also been provided, along with edges of chrome on the centre panel. Overall, the interiors appear very elegant and much better than the current competition, which consists of Chevrolet and Volkswagen sedans in Brazil.
If the HB20S is launched in India, it would be placed in the entry level sedan segment of the Indian auto market. Competitors for this vehicle would be Maruti Swift DZire, Tata Indigo eCS, Honda Amaze, Toyota Etios and Chevrolet Sail. Having an automatic transmission would definitely be a boon for Indian stop-and-go traffic, as is also offered in the DZire and Amaze.
In the Indian market, it will be hard for the HB20S to shake off the dominant position occupied by the Maruti Swift DZire. Now that the Honda Amaze has also been launched, there is bound to be hectic activity in this segment. However, one area where the Hyundai sedan can definitely outscore DZire is exterior design. The new vehicle is also expected to be tweaked for generating higher mileage in Indian driving conditions. In other words, it would be interesting to see the performance of the HB20S in different countries across the world.
|Price||Rs. 7 lakh - Rs. 11 lakh (expected)|
1.0 litre petrol engine with 80 bhp of power 1.6 litre petrol engine with 128 bhp of power
Apr 16, 201311:11 IST by CarTrade Editorial Team
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