Wed 26 Nov 2008
After successfully launching the Hyundai i10, the team at Hyundai is busy putting their final touches to the i20. Like the i10, the i20 will be manufactured in India and exported globally.
The i20 be positioned in the premium hatchback segment (B sgement), just as the Getz.
This car with replace the Getz worldwide except in India. Hyundai plans to sell both Getz and i20 in India. Perhaps they will reduce the price of Getz further to capture the lower segment of the market.
Like the i10, the i20 is developed in India and if successful, would be one more feather in the cap for Hyundai India, making India a global hub for small cars.
Lets wait and watch to see how this stacks up with this already crowded segment. With competition from Maruti Swift,Chevrolet UVA, Skoda Fabia and Hyundai’s own Getz the customer will have a lot of cars to choose from. Also Honda plans to launch the Jazz in February and Volkswagen Golf is also expected.
Hyundai i20 features:
1.2 Litre petrol engine or 1.1 CRDi Desel. This will be to get the tax breaks but may be under powered. Expect higher capacity engines as options. In Australia for example the i20 has been announced with a 1.4 litre CRDi engine.
Expected Pricing: 5.5 Lakhs.
How the i20 compares to the Getz.
- This will be slighter bigger.
- Similar looks but smoother curves.
- Lots of new features.
- and ofcourse more expensive.