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Hyundai i20 crowned as Car of the Year

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Hyundai i20 has bagged  the prestigious Indian Car of the Year 2021 (ICOTY 2021) award, beating some tough contenders like the Kia Sonet, Mahindra Thar, Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Aura, Honda City, Tata Altroz, Kia Carnival and the MG Gloster.

Since its launch in the country on November 5, 2020,  the new i20 has been one of the largest-selling vehicles of Hyundai Motor India. The premium hatchback is based on the automaker’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ global design language and boasts of a plethora of segment-first and segment-best features.

The new Hyundai i20 features a parametric jewel pattern grille flanked by LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The front has projector fog lamps with air curtains. At the rear, you will find Z-Shaped LED tail lamps with the i20 logo. Also available are features like shark fin antenna and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

You will come across bells and whistles like a 10.25-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel, blue ambient lighting and electric sunroof.

Among the segment best features in the new Hyundai i20 are digital cluster with TFT MID, Bose seven-speaker sound system, wireless charger with cooling pad and sliding front armrest, while the segment-first features include multi-phone Bluetooth connectivity, Oxyboost air purifier with oxygen and AQI, eco coating, iMT, OTA map updates, hill assist control, emergency stop signal and TPMS. Also, the Bluelink connectivity technology in the premium hatchback offers 50 features.

The customers get as many as three powertrain options 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine (83PS/88PS and 115Nm) with 5-speed MT or IVT automatic, 1.0-litre Kappa turbo-GDi petrol motor (120PS and 172Nm) with 6-speed iMT or 7-speed DCT automatic, and 1.5-litre U2 CRDi diesel mill (100PS and 240Nm) with a sole 6-speed MT.

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Maruti Suzuki five seater to be launched in India soon

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The Jimny has been around long enough in global markets for it to be time for a mid-life nip and tuck, but more importantly this also means that the 5-door Jimny is one step closer to making it to reality. The 5-door Jimny, introduced to India as the Sierra at the 2020 Auto Expo is ear-marked for India. Recent spy-shots reveal a few more details of the India bound SUV.

Like the Jimny Sierra, the 5-door version of the Jimny will be about 300mm longer than the 3-door both in terms of wheelbase and length. The Jimny 5-door will measure in at 3,850mm in length, 1,645mm in width and 1,730mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,550mm. Like the 3-door the Jimny 5-door will have a ground clearance of 210mm and weigh in a 1190kg, 100 more than the 3-door. In the India perspective, this means that the Jimny will come in under the 4-meter mark, although the 1.5 liter petrol motor in the Jimny is likely to negate the benefit of its overall length in terms of taxation.

In global markets the K15B 1.5 litre petrol is rated for 102bhp, although it will be interesting to see if Maruti Suzuki opt for the mild-hybrid powertrain that usually accomanies this motor in India. At present Maruti Suzuki uses this motor with the smart hybrid system in the Vitara Brezza, the S-Cross, the Ciaz as well as the Ertiga. It is likely that the Jimny 5-door will use the same 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter that we’ve seen on all the above cars.

Now it is likely that the 5-door Jimny will debut alongside the 3-door Jimny facelift globally with similar cosmetic tweaks. India has already been manufacturing the Jimny 3-door for export markets for some time now, and now we can confirm that the 5-door has been earmarked for a launch in India shortly after the global launch, either by the end of 2021 or early next year.

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