Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai is likely to introduce the automatic version of the Elite i20 in India sometime within the next few months, with a possibility of the car being on the market around the festive season. The Hyundai Elite i20 automatic is rumoured to sport thesame 4-speed auto gearbox that is offered on the Grand i10 hatchback.
At present, the petrol version of the Elite i20 manual comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that generates 82bhp of power and 114Nm of peak torque, while the diesel engine generates 89bhp of power and a peak torque of 220Nm. However, speculations state that the car could also come equipped with a1.4-litre petrol engine along with petrol mill, making the one launched in India similar to the unit sold on European markets which produces a maximum power of 99bhp.
The addition of an automatic variant to the existing line of Elite i20s comes as a welcome news for those who prefer Hyundai, especially because almost all of the competitors in its class, such as the Honda Jazz and Maruti Suzuki Baleno come with an automatic version.
According to several reports, the automatic version of the i20 will be launched in two variants, the top-variant which is likely to be named the Magna and the lower-range variant, likely to be named the Asta or the Sportz. While the automatic version is expected to be priced higher than the existing manual versions, it may come with a few reductions in its features compared to the existing model to make the pricing more attractive to potential buyers. The Elite i20 automatic is rumoured to be priced at around 6.5-7 lakhs.