- Hyundai i20 Era likely to be a petrol-only offering.
- Gets essentials such as a manual air-con, front power windows, and dual airbags.
- Infotainment system and rear power windows stripped out.
- It will target the Tata Altroz XE and Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma.
Entry-level prices of the i20 are set to go down as Hyundai will soon launch a new base-spec Era trim. The new variant could push the i20’s starting price near to the Rs 6 lakh mark, putting it in the same league as the Tata Altroz XE (Rs 5.80 lakh) and Maruti Suzuki Baleno Sigma (Rs 5.98 lakh).
Hyundai has stripped out each and every niceties to bring down the premium hatch’s entry-level pricing. Currently, the Magna is the i20’s entry-level trim. It is priced at Rs 6.85 lakh and Rs 8.21 lakh for the petrol and diesel variant respectively, slightly on the higher side when compared to other premium hatches.
In terms of features, the i20 Era only comes with essential features such as steel wheels with hub caps, a manual air-con, a basic multi-info display, front power windows, and power steering. Safety is taken care of by dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking. This variant doesn’t come with an infotainment system, remote locking, or even rear power windows.
Like the Grand i10 Nios Era, Hyundai could offer the i20 Era with the 83PS 1.2-litre naturally aspirated (NA) petrol engine coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. The NA petrol CVT, diesel and turbo-petrol powertrains should be reserved to the higher-spec variants.
Clearly, the i20 Era looks barebones and rudimentary. But with the entry-level pricing going down, the i20 will soon be more accessible for those looking for a premium hatchback on a budget.
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