Come March 17, 2015, and India will see the global premiere of Hyundai’s new “SUV looking car”, the i20 Active. Based on the Elite i20, the Active is designed at Hyundai’s Design Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and adopts the Korean manufacturer’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0′ design language. The i20 Active will take on others of its ilk, including the Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross, VW Cross Polo and the upcoming Maruti SX4 S-Cross. It is also expected to be dearer by INR 75,000 (approximately) from the Elite i20.
- Stylistically, it’s a tarted up Elite i20, and sports newly designed bumpers, a slightly raised ground clearance (190 mm), faux scruff plates, body cladding all around, new wheels, roof rails, and a stain finished fuel filler cap.
- The new front bumper incorporates a larger, trapezoidal air dam, and is flanked by a couple of round fog lamp pods on either side. The faux scruff plate, replete with a brushed aluminium finish, tries to mirror the air-dam’s shape.
- The new rear bumper is highlighted by the round reflector pods on either side (the one on the right incorporating the reverse lamp) and a re-designed number plate recess. A brushed aluminum finished, faux scruff plate makes its presence felt here as well.
- Apart from the full, matte black, plastic body cladding, the new i20 Active has a ground clearance of 190 mm, 20 mm more than Elite i20.
- The i20 Active will also sport the Euro-spec head lamp cluster, which includes projector lamps along with with LED DRLs.
- The Hyundai i20 Active rides on 195/55 R16 tires wrapped around a newly designed set of 16 inch alloy wheels.
Mechanically, the i20 Active continues unchanged from the Elite i20, apart from the slightly altered gear ratios for perkier power delivery, and the aforementioned raise in ground clearance.
- The engines are sourced from the Elite i20, which means the 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol motor and 1.4-litre CRDi diesel motor find their way under the Active’s hood as well.
- The diesel unit, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, is good for 89 bhp of power and 220 Nm of torque, while the petrol unit, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, makes 82 bhp of power and 114 Nm of torque.
- However, for the Active, Hyundai claims to have tweaked the gear ratios a bit, with the petrol engine delivering 6% better low-end & mid-range shove, while the diesel now delivers 11% better low-end shove.
- Claimed fuel efficiency for the petrol engine is 17.19 kmpl and 21.19 kmpl for the diesel engine – both have taken a minor dip from the Elite i20 due to the mildly altered gear ratios.
The i20 Active will come with two dual tone interior trim options: Tangerine orange+Black (above) or Aqua blue+Black (below).
Other notable features (unconfirmed) could include six airbags- dual front, curtain and side, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors with camera, lane change indicator, rain sensing wipers, automatic head-lamps, clutch lock, electro chromic rear view mirror, steering wheel mounted audio/Bluetooth controls, fold-able rear seats with 60:40 split and a cooled glove-box.
Stay tuned for a detailed review soon!