The upcoming Hyundai i20 facelift CVT is expected to launch with a 1.2-litre Kappa engine.

Hyundai Elite i20 Spotted Rear
The facelifted Elite i20 gets revised bumpers, new alloy wheel design and repositioned number plate housing

Korean automaker Hyundai got the much-needed boost in the premium hatchback segment with the Elite i20. The highly-successful model is due for a facelift and test mules have been spied multiple times in the country. Recent reports on the internet suggest that the Elite i20 facelift CVT variant will come paired with a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine. The 1.4-litre petrol engine, hence, is going to be discontinued.

In its current form, the Elite i20 comes with a choice of 3 engines. The 1.4-litre fuel-burner churns out 90 PS of power and 220 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and is the only option for diesel i20 buyers. Petrol car buyers get a 1.2-litre Kappa engine for the manual trims and a 1.4-litre dual VTVT engine for the sole automatic variant.

The former comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox and develops 83 PS of power with 115 Nm of torque while the latter puts out 100 PS of power and 132 Nm of torque. While the current i20 utilises a 4-speed torque converter in its automatic guise, the facelifted model is said to come mated to a CVT. To save on taxes and arrive at a competitive price, the smaller 1.2-litre petrol engine is expected to do duty under the hood.

Introduced in September 2016, the Elite i20 Magna Automatic is currently priced at Rs. 9.12 lakhs (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The updated i20 is likely to debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. While there are many cosmetic revisions, the spied images also show a more feature-loaded automatic mid-variant. The car will lock horns with the Maruti Baleno, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz.

Hyundai i20 CVT

– Hyundai Elite i20 facelift to get CVT instead of torque converter
– Automatic i20 expected to use a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine
– 1.4-litre dual VTVT engine will be discontinued
– Launch slated for February at the 2018 Auto Expo

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Interior Spied
The middle variant featured here gets touchscreen AVN as well as a CVT gearbox

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