Hyundai Motor India has firmed up its plan to introduce a diesel variant of its premium compact car, the i20, by the end of the year. The company that already sells the diesel variant of the model for the European market is now considering offering a similar option to its Indian customers.

We will launch the i-20 diesel for the domestic market this year. But we are yet to finalise the engine size, said Mr Arvind Saxena, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd.

To gain from the lower excise duty on compact cars, Hyundai is likely to bring the i20 diesel with either a 1.4-litre engine or a 1.5-litre engine.