Laxmi Intercontinental, the authorised distributor of Hyundai, has launched the third generation of the ever-popular i20 in Nepal. The recently updated i20 is only available in Magna and Sportz variants which are priced at Rs 36,96,000 and Rs 41,96,000 respectively.
The car will only be available in 1.2 Kappa petrol engine mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1197cc, four cylinder, naturally aspirated engine produces 81.86bhp of maximum power and a peak torque of 114.74Nm.
Hyundai also conducted a media test drive event for a first impression of the car. The new i20 looks much busier with lots of lines and creases making the design much sharper and sportier as compared to its predecessor. Hyundai’s new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design features parametric jewel pattern front grille, newly designed headlamp design and DRLs placed near fog lamps, and a quirky rear end with Z-shaped tail lamps. You can choose the new i20 in typhoon silver, titan grey, metallic copper, starry night, polar white, and fiery red colours.
Moving to the interior, the car is equipped with 2-DIN integrated audio system, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls, air conditioning, glove box cooling,rear USB charger and rear AC vents as standard whereas the Sportz variant is packed with additional features like digital cluster with TFT multi information display, rear camera and a 20.32-cm (8-inch) touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple carplay and Android auto.
Talking about the driving experience, it is impressive with a powerful and much refined engine. The gear shifts felt really smooth and the clutch was lightweight. Look out for an in-depth full review of the new Hyundai i20 in the upcoming issue of Business 360’s Auto Focus segment.