Hyundai has launched the much awaited i20 Active crossover in the Indian car market. Based around the highly acclaimed Elite i20 hatchback, the latest entrant from the Hyundai stable goes on sale today onwards with a starting price of Rs 6.38 lakh for petrol and Rs 7.63 lakh for diesel versions.
The Hyundai i20 Active signifies the new breed of hatchback-based crossovers. Of late, this concept has been gaining interest among customers in our country. As a consequence, more and more manufacturers are getting on this crossover bandwagon. Hyundai has now done its bit with the launch of the new i20 Active. Mechanically, the Hyundai i20 Active remains mostly unchanged, but elsewhere, especially on the aesthetics front, the i20 Active has received a lot of upgrades over the regular hatchback.
Up on front, changes on the i20 Active comprise projector headlamps with cornering lights & daylight running LEDs, new sporty bumper design, revised fog-lamps, and a skid plate for more rugged look. The lower part of the bumper gets black cladding which continues to run through the side profile of the car as well. The bigger 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, silver roof rails and raised ride-height (190mm as opposed to 170mm of the hatchback) distinguish it from the standard Elite i20. At the rear, the design gets a little busy. There’s a silver skid plate at the bottom part, the bumper is re-sculpted and now comes with two circular reflectors. The right one does the job of being a reverse light as well. That said, the circular add-ons on the bumper do look slightly out of place.
Inside, the cabin design and layout remains the same as seen on the Elite i20. This shouldn’t be of any worry to anyone since the Elite i20 has one of the best cabins in its segment in terms of design, fit and finish quality and equipment. On the i20 Active, Hyundai will be offering the interior trim in two different colour options – black and blue, or black and orange. The shades will differ depending on the exterior colour of the car. Among other visual changes inside the cabin, there are aluminium coated-pedals and the gear-knob is now partly coloured.
The i20 Active is offered with the same set of petrol and diesel engines as available on the Elite i20. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.2-litre unit that develops 83PS of power and 114Nm of torque. Powering the diesel variants of the car is a 1.4-litre mill that is rated at 90PS/220Nm. The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox whereas the diesel gets a 6-speed manual transmission. While the power and torque figures are identical to the hatchback, Hyundai has worked around the gear-ratios in the crossover version for better driveability and improved throttle response. The ARAI certified fuel economy for petrol and diesel versions is claimed to be 17.19km/l and 21.19km/l, respectively.
Competition for the i20 Active will include the likes of the Fiat Avventura, Volkswagen Cross Polo and Toyota Etios Cross in India. On paper, the Hyundai i20 Active seems to have the measure of all, and will make for a compelling choice for prospective customers.
The ex-showroom prices for the new i20 Active variants in New Delhi are as follows,
1.2 (Petrol) – Rs 6.38 lakh
1.2 S (Petrol) – Rs 7.09 lakh
1.4 (Diesel) – Rs 7.63 lakh
1.4 S (Diesel) – Rs 8.34 lakh
1.4 SX (Diesel) – Rs 8.89 lakh
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