Euro-spec Hyundai i20, i20 Active facelift revealed


Hyundai has unveiled facelift versions of the i20 and i20 Active for the European market. The cars get refreshed styling, a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, Idle Stop /Go system (ISG) and updated safety features.

The i20 hatchback and i20 Active are offered with dual-tone exteriors with a blacked-out roof and ORVMs. Both cars get redesigned front and rear bumpers, smoked headlamps, updated tail lamps and redesigned tailgates. While, the i20 gets the cascading grille with a black mesh, the i20 Active retains its pre-facelift grille with a silver scuff plate and circular fog lamps. The i20 rides on a new dual-tone 15-inch alloy wheels, while the i20 Active gets 16-inch alloys. The latter being a pseudo SUV, it comes with black body cladding and silver roof rails. 

Hyundai has also updated the interiors on both cars. The cars are now offered with dark interiors with a blue trim along the dashboard and on the door handles. Customers can also choose red and blue accents to the cabin, while black and greyish blue interiors are standard. The i20 and i20 Active are offered with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Lower variants get a basic audio system with either a 3.8-inch or 5-inch monochrome screen. 

In Europe, the i20 is available with a choice of 3 petrol engines. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine comes in two states of tune - 99 BHP and 118 BHP paired with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual transmissions respectively while the 7-speed dual-clutch is offered on both engines as an option. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. There are two variants of this engine - 74 BHP and 83 BHP. The i20 Active is available with a 1.4-litre petrol engine that makes 99 BHP and is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Both the i20 and i20 Active get Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driver assistance systems. These include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist for city and interurban areas, Driver Attention Warning and High Beam Assist.

Hyundai offers a 5-year, unlimited km warranty on the i20. That said, it is not known when the car will be sold in India. 

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