The facelift version of the Hyundai i20 was spied testing in South Korea recently. This is the first time that the hatchback has been spotted on public roads. The current generation i20 was launched in November 2020 and the upcoming version will be a mid-cycle refresh. Earlier, the Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS was also spied testing in Maharashtra.
2023 Hyundai i20 facelift: What to expect?
Unlike the i10 that was spotted in Maharashtra, the i20 test unit was clad under heavy camouflage. However, we can still make out a few details that will feature on the new i20. The front grille, which was partially uncovered, seems to have undergone a slight redesign. The bumper and LED headlamps may also receive a few design tweaks.
Things remain unchanged along the sides. The hatchback retains its standard frame, but it may sport a new set of alloy wheels in higher variants. The test unit that was spotted in South Korea seemed to be an entry-level variant, going by the plastic wheel covers. We can’t say much about the rear profile, as it was totally camouflaged, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Hyundai slightly changes the bumper and tail lamp design. The new i20 may also get a rear light bar similar to the one on Hyundai Venue.
The spy images do not reveal the interior of the hatchback. The infotainment system is expected to remain the same, but it may come with new graphics. The upholstery and dashboard colour theme may also be tweaked on the facelift. It wouldn’t surprise us if Hyundai adds USB ports and connected car tech features on the i20 facelift.
When it comes to the engine configuration, Hyundai has ditched the diesel engine for the i20, largely due to the stricter emission norms that will kick in from April 2023. However, the Hyundai i20 facelift will offer two petrol engine options. The 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine can produce a maximum power output of 120hp while the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine can put out 83hp. No changes will be made to the gearbox.
Hyundai is on track to launch the 2023 i20 facelift internationally in mid-2023. This means that an Indian launch could happen by late 2023 or early 2024. The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS is expected to launch much sooner, in early 2023. Upon launch, the 2023 Hyundai i20 facelift will lock horns with Maruti Baleno, Tata Altroz, and Toyota Glanza.