Hyundai India has silently introduced the much awaited automatic transmission into it’s popular premium hatchback Elite i20. The AT will be available in Magna trim of the hatchback and it’s priced at Rs 9.02 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Also the top trim of the car, Asta (O) gets 6 airbags now. The first generation of i20 was offered with both AT and 6 airbags but Hyundai discontinued it in the 2nd generation of the car, now both the features are introduced again to stand strong in the segment.
Elite i20 with the 1.4-litre petrol engine now gets a 4-speed automatic transmission option along with the manual one. The engine is capable of producing 98bhp of max power and 132Nm of peak torque. Hyundai has not revealed the price of the automatic version yet. The AT comes only in the mid-trim Magna which means if you want to opt for the convenience of the automatic gearbox, you will have to miss out a bunch of features of the top trim such as Automatic projector headlamps, LED DRLs, Front fog lamps, Touchscreen infotainment system, Antilock Braking System(ABS) and rear parking sensors.
The top trim of the hatchback Asta(O) in both Petrol and Diesel now gets 6 airbags including side and curtain airbags to become only 2nd car of the segment to offer this following the Ford Figo. The revised prices for the Asta (O) variants are now Rs. 7.76 lakh for petrol and Rs. 8.85 lakh for diesel (both ex showroom, Delhi).
The Elite i20 is doing really good in the market and leading the premium hatchback segment closely followed by Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The automatic transmission will help Hyundai to retain it’s share in the segment.
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