Hyundai Automotive South Africa has launched the facelifted i20 hatchback range, complete with a new “Active” derivative.
As before, the facelifted line-up comprises six variants (and the choice of six colours), but the local arm of the Korean automaker has opted to remove the outgoing range’s Sport model in favour of the cross-hatchback Active derivative. Pricing starts at R229 900 and runs through to R284 900.
The powertrains (both naturally aspirated) carry over unchanged, which means there's again the choice of a 1,2-litre four-cylinder petrol mill worth 61 kW and 115 N.m, and a 1,4-litre petrol four-pot with 74 kW and 133 N.m.
The transmissions are unchanged too, with the 1,2-litre models featuring a five-speed manual gearbox and the 1,4-litre versions a six-speeder. The pair of automatic models in the range both employ a four-speed self-shifting transmission (that means the new dual-clutch cog-swapper will not be offered locally).
Highlights inside include the addition of an infotainment system for the base Motion variants (and the rest of the range), and a centre arm-rest and rear parking sensors for the lone 1,2 Fluid model. The infotainment system can be expanded to include satellite navigation by purchasing an optional SD memory card for R2 500.
The 1,4 version of Fluid variants, meanwhile, gain yet more added kit in the form of automatic headlamps, LED daytime running lights and leather trim for the steering wheel and gear-knob. The new Active furthermore features static-bending headlamps as standard, in addition to its crossover-inspired styling and 20 mm hike in ground clearance (to 170 mm).
As before, the 1,2-litre derivatives feature a two-year/30 000 km service plan, while the 1,4-litre models boast a three-year/60 000 km plan. All models, however, come with Hyundai’s five-year/150 000 km warranty as standard, along an additional two-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty.
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