It is not long that Hyundai introduced the all-new Elantra, and now another launch has taken place from the house of South Korean automaker. Hyundai confirmed few days back that it will soon bring the automatic variant of its much loved hatchback, i20. Finally, the Hyundai i20 Automatic has been launched at a price tag of INR 9,01,812 lakh (ex-showroom). The particular variant is only available in Magna grade and will be powered by a bigger 1.4-litre Dual VTVT four cylinder engine that churns out maximum power of 100 PS at 6000 rpm and peak torque of 132 Nm at 4000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 4-speed torque converter, making it only hatchback in the segment with a conventional gearbox.
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As the i20 Automatic is only available in the Magna grade, features like ABS, EBD, alloy wheels, projector headlights, keyless entry, rear parking camera, sensors, touchscreen entertainment system and automatic climate control misses out in the hatchback. But, the features like dual front airbags, rear HVAC vents, chilled glovebox and 2 DIN audio system with Bluetooth and 1 GB storage are available. Though the i20 automatic lacks in various important features still it is priced slightly high than its competitors like Honda Jazz CVT and Maruti Baleno CVT. This expensive price tag is due to the bigger engine displacement which increases the excise duty from 12.5 percent to 24 percent.
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Let’s see if the newly launched i20 automatic can disrupt the market share of the other two prominent models of the segment. As, the demand of automatic variant in India is increasing at a steady pace most of the automakers are introducing their automatic variants in different segment and introducing Hyundai i20 Automatic at this point of time may prove out to be an added advantage for the popularity of i20 in the country.