2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Leaked Ahead Of Auto Expo Debut
2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Leaked Ahead Of Auto Expo Debut

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Leaked Ahead Of Auto Expo Debut


The long-awaited 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift is all set to make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, which is scheduled to commence on February 7, 2018. It will officially go on sale in the first quarter of 2018. Ahead of its debut, a new set of leaked images have surfaced on the web-word. The new images show the new Elite i20 in production guise, which reveals most of the design and features changes on offer. Besides i20 facelift, Hyundai will also showcase the i20 Active facelift at the Auto Expo 2018.

The current generation model was launched in August 2014, while the Active i20 cross-hatchback was introduced in March 2015. The new 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 is now equipped with a new automatic gearbox in the i20 petrol lineup. For the first time, this premium hatchback features a new CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) unit paired to a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine. Featuring new front fascia, the 2018 Hyundai Elite i20 facelift will sport the company’s new family cascade type grille, new fog lamps and more angular headlamps.

The cabin won’t see many changes, but it will get a revised infotainment system with advanced connectivity options. The premium hatchback won’t get the company’s new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is likely to be offered in the Carlino based compact SUV. It will rival the likes of Maruti Baleno and Honda Jazz, both of which will receive major facelifts this year.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Features

New ‘Cascade’ grille
All-new bumper
New alloy wheels
New tail-lights with LED inserts
New touchscreen infotainment system

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Launch Date

Launch Date (Expected) Early 2018

The updated Elite i20 is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo in February, while launch will happen by the end of March. We will update our readers as soon as Hyundai reveals anything on the same.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Price In India

Minimum (Estimated) Rs 5.5 Lakh
Maximum (Estimated) Rs 9.5 Lakh

The new i20 will get new features and some design upgrades, which is likely to make it pricier than the outgoing model. The current model is priced in the range of Rs 5.29 lakh and Rs 9.15 lakh. We expect the hatchback to be priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh. However, the top-end petrol variant could be cheaper, as it will get a 1.2L CVT unit instead of the expensive 1.4-litre unit with torque convertor.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Exterior

The i20 facelift receives majority of the changes to the exterior styling. The new model comes with an all-new front fascia, which looks more mature and in-sync with Hyundai’s new breed of cars. The front grille design is in-line with Hyundai’s new design philosophy, which we have already seen on the updated Grand i10 and Xcent, large ‘cascade’ type grille. The model now has all-new front bumper with a wider chin, more angular Elantra-inspired headlamps and slightly revised fog lamps.

The side profile of the car remains largely identical to the existing model, save for the new set of alloy wheels. The rear-end also comes with newly designed bumper which gets a contrast look and faux mesh design. The tail-lamp shape remains unchanged, while the design of the LED inserts is new and different from the one seen on the Elantra and the new Verna.


In terms of proportions, the new i20 will remain largely similar to the existing model. However, revised bumper design could alter the length of the car. The current model measures 3,985mm in length, 1,734mm in width and 1,505mm in height.  It comes with a wheelbase of 2,570mm, while the ground clearance stands at 170mm.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Interior

The overall design structure of the updated i20 is largely similar to the existing model. However, the new model receives some cosmetic upgrades and added features. The petrol automatic version is currently offered in Magna trim, which misses out on touchscreen infotainment system. However, the updated automatic model is equipped with a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system will be compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link. It will also work as a display for reverse parking camera. Other features likely to include keyless entry, headlamp escort function and rear parcel tray.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Engine Specifications

Engine Option Max Power Max Torque Transmission
1.2-litre Kappa VTVT Petrol 81.83bhp @ 6,000rpm 114.7Nm @ 4,000rpm 5-speed MT & CVT automatic
1.4-litre CRDi Diesel 88.73bhp @ 4,000rpm 219.7Nm @ 1,500rpm- 2,750rpm 6-speed MT

The updated version of the i20 will also see a big change under the bonnet. It was speculated that the new model will come with the same set of petrol and diesel engines that is available in the current model. Latest reports suggest that Hyundai will phase out the top-spec 1.4-litre automatic version. The other two engines will remain the same that includes a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder Kappa VTVT unit and a 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. While the former is capable of producing 81.83bhp of power and 114.7Nm of torque, the oil burner is good for 88.73bhp of power and 219.7Nm of torque. The current car gets a 99bhp, 1.4-litre Dual VTVT petrol engine paired to a four-speed torque convertor. This model attracts high excise duty, which makes it around 81,000 pricier than its direct competitor Maruti Baleno Alpha CVT.

In order to compete well against the Baleno, the updated i20 will get a new CVT automatic gearbox that is specifically developed for Indian markets. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox. It is also expected that Hyundai could launch the performance oriented version of the hatchback, but on later stage. This model could get a new 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, which is based on the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder Kappa unit. This engine currently powers the European-spec i10, featuring a small, single turbocharger. The 1.0L turbo equipped i20 is expected to produce up to 120bhp and 172Nm of torque.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Mileage

Petrol 18.6kmpl
Diesel 22.54kmpl

Since the new i20 will be packed with the existing range of engines, it will be as frugal as the current model. The petrol version is likely to return around 19-20kmpl, the diesel model could deliver around 23-24kmpl.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Competition

With updated design and several new features, the Elite i20 facelift will want to regain its lost pole position. It will challenge the likes of Maruti Baleno, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Jazz. Additionally, Tata Motors is also working on a premium hatchback – codenamed X451 – which will be launched in 2019.

2018 Hyundai Elite i20 Facelift Suspension and Braking

The suspension mechanism of the i20 facelift comprises of McPherson strut with coil spring and coupled torsion beam axle with coil spring at the front and rear, respectively. It comes equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes, which are further assisted by ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System).