Hyundai unveiled a special sport edition of their i20 in Germany. Dubbed as the Hyundai i20 Sport, the perky hatchback is powered by the car maker’s new turbocharged downsized petrol engine. The new family of engines is developed at Hyundai’s German technical centre in Russelsheim. The Hyundai i20 Sport was launched with a price tag of 19,990 Euros (around INR 14 lacs).
The all new power packed Kappa T-GDI engine under the hood of the i20 Sport is a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit equipped with a single-scroll turbo that generates power of 120bhp with a max torque of 172 Nm. The power is pushed to the wheels by a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine is said to be very energetic for the i20 Sport and does 0-100 km/h in 10.3 seconds. While being frisky, the i20 also manages to do economical fuel figures as it comes armed with a direct injection tech on its small displacement engine. The claimed number stands at 20kmpl. The most powerful i20 of the town, 1.4-litre Hyundai i20 N Sport, is taken down by the new 1.0-litre i20 Sport.
On the visual front, it can be seen that the sport edition is based on the second generation Hyundai i2o. The i20 Sport rides 20mm lower than the standard i20. The new front bumper lower lip extensions, new side skirts and 16 spoke 18 inchers compliment the low ride height. The front gets projector headlamps with cornering lights and LED daytime running lights. The i20 Sport will roll out in only one colour scheme named as the Polar white and dons subtle grey and blue racing inspired livery. The hood and the wheel arches are highlighted with grey decals while the bumper lip, door frames and ORVMs get it in blue. On the rear, the tail lamps, unlike the India spec model, are LED units. A newly designed spoiler sits on top of the tailgate and adds to the aerodynamics. The rear bumper sports an exhaust with a chrome muffler tip, everything else remains the same.
It is expected that Hyundai will introduce their new family of engines to the Indian market considering the recent spotting of Maruti Suzuki Baleno with a similar 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The test mule was spotted undisguised in Cochin during a public road test. The 2016 Auto Expo is due next month, and automakers are gearing up with new products to showcase at the event. There is no news from Hyundai India about the i20 Sport for the event as of yet, but we keep our fingers crossed. Till the stay tuned for more updates!