Made-in-India Hyundai i20 launched in South Africa

Made-in-India Hyundai i20 launched in South Africa New Hyundai i20
author image Aditya Chatterjee
Tuesday 10 February 2015, 11:01 AM

Hyundai, the South Korean automaker has launched the made-in-India new-generation i20 in the South African market. The hatchback is already on sale in the Indian car market and select international market.

Based on a new platform, the new generation i20 has a larger wheelbase of 2,570mm (45mm longer) while the width of the car is increased by 24mm to 1,734mm. The increase in wheelbase contributes to its spacious cabin. The new model is inspired from Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, which makes it look sportier. It features a thin horizontal grille flanked by a new set of headlamps. At the back, the hatchback has the blackened-out C-pillars which are complemented by a floating roofline.

Made-in-India Hyundai i20 launched in South Africa

Inside the cabin, the i20 hatchback gets new 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel, gear level, new center console and a better multi-information display. The vehicle is only available in petrol version. The entry level variant is powered by a 1.2-litre VTVT engine that is good for 81.33bhp and 114.7Nm. The top-spec variant is propelled by a 1.4-litre petrol engine that churns out 99bhp and 136Nm of peak torque. This engine is coupled to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.

The hatchback is equipped with several safety features including Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), dual airbags, etc. The entry level variant of the new i20 is priced at ZAR 184900 (Rs. 9.91 Lakhs), while the top-spec model is tagged at ZAR R214900 (Rs. 11.52 Lakhs).

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