The addition of Hyundai Automotive South Africa’s new i20 1.4 CRDi Glide to its passenger car range has created the most complete line-up of a Hyundai model locally. The Hyundai i20 range now boasts five derivatives – topped by the new 1.4 CRDi Glide with its turbodiesel engine.
In 2012 Hyundai launched the popular i20 in a revised and refreshed form – both inside and out – which heightened its appeal to a new, younger group of car buyers. Then, towards the end of last year, the entry-level i20 1.2 Motion – with an impressive list of standard features – was added to the range to satisfy the needs of buyers in this segment who had to keep their eyes firm on their budget.
“The i20 has been very popular with South African buyers since it came to market in 2009, thanks to its combination of efficiency, quality, practicality and value. With its sharper styling influenced by fluidic sculpture, the new i20 will appeal to an even broader range of buyers, including younger consumers,” says Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive SA.
The entry of the new 1.4 turbodiesel derivative to the i20 range now creates even more choice and is expected to increase the substantial market share that this small hatch back model already enjoys in its segment. It is a fitting way to finish off Hyundai Automotive SA’s most comprehensive model range with an attractive flagship derivative.
As with its i20 siblings, the new 1.4 CRDi Glide can boast with a long list of standard equipment and convenience features – with the important added benefit of a substantially lower price than its direct competitors. The value offered by the new addition to the i20 range is evident when its comprehensive specification list is compared with those of its competitors.
Inside the latest addition to the i20 range in South Africa beats a new heart: A 1.4 litre turbo-charged four cylinder diesel engine that delivers 66kW of peak power and an exemplary 220Nm maximum torque. Linked to a smooth and efficient 6-speed manual transmission, this translates to more than ample power through the front wheels for the medium-sized hatch back, but with equally exemplary fuel economy figure of 5 litres per 100 km, recorded on a combined European test cycle.
Its 110 g/km carbon emissions also ensure that no tax will be levied in this department. Taking its place next to the 73kW 4-cylinder, 1.4-litre petrol engine, the new 1.4 turbodiesel forms a solid partnership at the top-end of the i20 range. The i20 1.4 CRDi Glide can run on 500 ppm diesel.
Hyundai’s engineers have matched the turbodiesel engine with carefully chosen ratios in the refined 6-speed manual transmission to provide a precise gearshift for maximum ease and feel. Gear ratios are optimised to ensure that the engines they are mated to operate at their most efficient speed for the longest period of time.
The Hyundai i20 range now consists of five derivatives: The entry-level i20 1.2 Motion with a manual five-speed gearbox; the 1.4 Fluid with a six-speed manual gearbox; a 1.4 Fluid with a four-speed automatic transmission; the petrol-driven 1.4 Glide with a manual 6-speed transmission; and the new 1.4 CRDi Glide with its turbodiesel engine and six-speed manual transmission.
As with all other passenger models from Hyundai Automotive South Africa, the new i20 1.4 CRDi Glide comes standard with a five-year/150 000 km warranty and 5 years/150 000 km roadside assistance. Part of the standard i20 1.4 CRDi Glide package is a 3 years/60 000 km service plan and 5 years/160 000 km perforation warranty – delivering outstanding value to buyers in this popular segment of the local market. Service intervals are 15 000 km apart.
2013 Hyundai i20 Pricing
i20 1.25 Motion manual (R144 900)
i20 1.4 Fluid manual (R169 900)
i20 1.4 Fluid auto (R179 900)
i20 1.4 Glide manual (R181 900)
i20 1.4 CRDi Glide manual (R195 900)