Hyundai i20 1.2L petrol CVT to be unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo

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Hyundai Motor India Ltd. will be launching the i20 facelift in India this year. The 2018 Hyundai i20 is likely to be reveled at the 2018 Auto Expo in Delhi-NCR. A new report suggests that Hyundai will show the new i20 Facelift with a new CVT (constantly variable transmission) auto transmission, mated to a 1.2-litre petrol unit at the Auto Expo. Moreover, the company will also stop the present 1.4-litre petrol variant that comes mated to a 4-speed AT torque converter unit. The new i20 is coming with a 1.2 litre Kappa engine bred with a constantly adjustable transmission (CVT), which gives the car an advantage of a ‘small car’ tax rate of 12.5 percent in comparison to the outgoing i20, which had a duty of 24 %. This tax cut has allowed Hyundai to include the automatic gearbox, which is reportedly an increasing trend in the Indian auto market, while keeping the car competitively priced with the Baleno CVT.

The 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift should go on deal in India in the second half of 2018. The report further rights that the AT variant will come without paddle shifts at launch, however, it could be launched in the future. Presently, the Hyundai i20 AT is only available with the 1.4-litre petrol engine, which was introduced in September 2016. However, the AT variant is offered only in the Magna trim and is overpriced as related to the Maruti Baleno Alpha CVT. The higher pricing is a result of the higher GST rates relevant on sub-4m cars with petrol engines beyond 1200cc.

The new Hyundai i20 1.2-L petrol with CVT gearbox will help the company to contest with the rivals in a better way. Apart from the petrol engine, the new i20 Facelift will continue to get the 1.4-litre diesel engine that creates 89 BHP of power and 220 Nm of highest torque. This engine will come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. In terms of design, the new i20 facelift will get cosmetic updates to the exteriors. The most significant change will be the addition of the new ‘Cascade’ grille along with new bumper and slightly tweaked headlamps. The car will get new alloy-wheels, redesigned LED taillights and a new rear bumper. The new Hyundai i20 Facelift will compete against the Maruti Baleno and the Honda Jazz.