Maruti Baleno Rival: Will Hyundai i20 Be The Best Car Under Rs 10 Lakh?

Maruti Baleno Rival Hyundai i20
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The upcoming Tata Altroz and Maruti Baleno rival, the new Hyundai i20 has been caught testing in real-world conditions in Korea. The upcoming 2020 Hyundai i20 was revealed a couple of weeks ago in a walkaround trailer. However, this time, the premium hatchback was spotted rolling on public roads without any camouflage.

Earlier, the Hyundai i20 had a launch date between April-May 2020. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the next-gen i20 will now launch in September 2020.

The model spotted in testing was the top-spec variant of the car. It features all the bells and whistles, including LED lights, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, rear spoiler, sharkfin antennae, and revised LED tail lamps as well.

Here’s everything else that you need to know.

Maruti Baleno Rival: Hyundai i20 Next-Gen

Hyundai i20 Exterior And Dimensions

The upcoming Maruti Baleno rival from Hyundai features a complete redesign of the car. Hyundai i20 2020 comes with a brand new front and rear end, along with revised dimensions to make it aggressive and more agile.

On the front, the Hyundai i20 features a massive air grill, which has become the signature Hyundai styling for all its upcoming cars. The LED headlights are inspired by the more expensive cars in the lineup, including Elantra and Sonata.

Maruti Baleno Rival Hyundai i20 Price

The rear end of the next-gen i20 comes with very edgy styling. Both taillights stretch up to the side of the car, and the lights meet in the middle of the tailgate via a straight LED strip.

Furthermore, you’ll see a diffuser at the rear end and an extended bumper lip at the front. Just like the current-gen model, the new Hyundai i20 will come with a dual-tone roof option as well.

Dimensions wise, the new Hyundai i20 is 5mm longer, 30 mm wider, and 24 mm shorter in overall height than the current-gen i20. It means that the new car will be more stable on the highway thanks to its lower stance and more width.

Also Read: 10 Best Cars Under 10 Lakhs In India To Buy In 2020

Hyundai i20 Performance: Is this Maruti Baleno Rival Any Faster?

Maruti Baleno Rival Hyundai i20 Mileage

The upcoming Hyundai i20 will use the same engine configuration as the Hyundai Venue. It will feature the following powertrain options:

  • 1.2-liter 4-Cyl BS6 Petrol Engine – 83 BHP
  • 1.5-liter 4-Cyl BS6 Diesel Engine – 99 BHP
  • 1.0-liter 3-Cylinder BS6 Turbo Petrol Engine – 118 BHP

The 1.2-liter naturally aspirated units will likely constitute the majority of sales for the Hyundai i20.

One major edge, which the i20 has over its rival Maruti Baleno, is in the engine options. The Baleno features only two engine options, a 1.2-liter petrol engine, and a 1.2-liter dual jet hybrid unit, both producing 83 BHP and 89 BHP, respectively.

The option of Diesel and a turbo petrol engine makes the i20 appeal to a much wider audience.

Infotainment Features

Maruti Baleno Rival Hyundai i20 Specs

The interior of the Hyundai i20 features driver-focused seats that don’t compromise on space. The central console tilts towards the driver, which lends the i20 a cockpit-inspired feel.

The car gets a 10.25-inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, GPS navigation, blue-link technology, and voice recognition.

The gauge cluster will also feature a 10-inch digital screen along with eight premium speakers from BOSE audio. Other additional features inside the i20 include LED ambient lighting, automatic AC, wireless charging mat, cruise control, and a multi-functional steering wheel.

Hyundai i20 Price And Final Launch Date

The Hyundai i20 will be priced between Rs 7 to 10 lakh, as it seems to compete with the current crop of premium hatchback cars in India, including Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, Maruti Baleno, etc.

The final launch date for the next-gen i20 is after August 2020, most likely in September or October 2020.

People in India are eagerly waiting for the next-gen Hyundai i20, and from what we have seen so far, it will offer tough competition to its rivals.

Yetnesh Dubey

Yetnesh Dubey

Associate Editor at Fossbytes. Yetnesh manages the everyday editorial duties and oversees the writing staff. He occasionally covers news related to electric vehicles and tech.
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