The Elite i20 has been one of the best-selling cars for Hyundai India. The Korean carmaker made significant changes to the new model’s design, and as usual, loaded it with features and creature comforts. Now, however, Hyundai India seems to have taken a step towards cost-cutting and their latest decision witnesses the Elite i20 losing out on some of its features.
The trimming on the ‘premium’ hatchback starts off with all the variants (Era, Magna, Sportz, and Asta) now wearing different seat upholstery than before and the ticket holder has been given a miss too. Variant-wise, the entry-level Era model no longer comes with a passenger-side vanity mirror. Higher up the order, the Sportz variant will no longer get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob. It also loses out on the boot lamp and the driver-side window won’t come with an auto up function. Instead of the earlier two folding keys, Hyundai will now provide you only one. Even the fully-kitted up Sportz (O) variant of the Elite i20 misses out on features such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob.
The top-end Asta trim of the Hyundai Elite i20 gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob as standard. However, the carmaker has stripped one equipment from here as well; the Asta variant will now only be offered with a single 12V power outlet, unlike the earlier two. If you expect Hyundai India to reduce the prices of the Elite i20 in exchange of fewer features, you might be disappointed; the prices are to remain the same as before. The Hyundai Elite i20 continues unchanged, mechanically and otherwise. Also, Hyundai India has left the new i20 Active untouched in this cost-cutting game.
via Autocar India