Upcoming Hyundai i20 Vs Maruti Baleno - What can we expect?
Next Gen 2020 Hyundai i20 will compete against the Maruti Baleno - Find out which is better?
The Elite i20 and the Baleno are arch-rivals in the premium hatchback segment and both the models are successful in the Indian automotive market. It has been long since the Elite i20 has received a new gen refreshment. Hyundai has been working on it and next-generation i20 is expected to be launched in the festive season. It is expected that the upcoming Hyundai i20 will gain a hand over the Maruti Suzuki Baleno which is a leader in the premium hatchback segment. Hence we at MyNewCar get to you a detailed spec comparison between both the models to help you know better what can be expected in the new-gen i20.
2020 Hyundai i20 vs Baleno - Dimension:
|2020 Hyundai i20(International)||Maruti Suzuki Baleno|
As we compare the new generation model of the i20 showcased for the global market with the current Elite i20 sold in the Indian market, the former is much bigger and spacious. Although the international model comes with a length measuring 4040mm, the upcoming i20 will be offered in a sub 4m length in India to benefit from the tax laws and ensure that it has a competitive price range. In the Indian market, the upcoming Hyundai i20 will be offered with some minor dimensional changes which will be very competitive with the Baleno. Just like the current model, the upcoming i20 will be shorter in height when compared to the Baleno. Coming to the wheels, as seen on the Baleno, the next-gen i20 will also get the 16-inch wheels unlike the 17-inch wheels seen on the international model.
2020 Hyundai i20 vs Baleno - Exterior Design:
Hyundai offers the all-new i20 with a sporty design, aggressive looks and which also adopts a modern outlook. This premium hatchback has been inspired by Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language which is defined by four fundamental elements namely – proportion, architecture, styling and technology. Upfront, the next-gen i20 will feature a new headlamp unit with LED DRL’s, new design grille and front bumper. It will be offered with new alloy wheels, new LED tail lights that will get the futuristic new design look in modern Hyundai cars and a newly designed rear bumper.
On the other hand, the Baleno offers a classy design language with curvy styling elements. The latest model has been offered with some minor updates, but it still looks very significant to the earlier model. When compared to the new-gen Hyundai i20, the current-gen Baleno does look a bit old now.
2020 Hyundai i20 vs Baleno - Interior and Features:
The upcoming i20 will be equipped with a four-spoke steering wheel which is identical to the one seen on the 2020 Hyundai Creta. It will also feature a horizontal slat running across the dashboard which is inspired by the Audi Q7. In addition to this, it will feature a 10.25-inch floating touchscreen infotainment unit, Blue Link car connected technology, ambient lighting, wireless charging and all-digital instrument cluster. Just like the ongoing model, we can expect the cabin to feature automatic climate control, rear AC vents and cruise control.
On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno is being offered with a simple cabin design which doesn’t host many details over it. The cabin comes in an all-black interior theme with the combination of silver inserts giving it a classy look. In terms of features, the Baleno gets Maruti’s 7-inch touchscreen Smart Play infotainment system, automatic climate control and an analogue instrument cluster. When compared to other models from Maruti's stable, the interior quality of the Baleno is surely superior.
2020 Hyundai i20 vs Baleno - Engine and Transmission:
|2020 Hyundai i20||Maruti Suzuki Baleno|
|Engine||1.2 litre / 1.0 litre Turbo||1.2 litre / Mild Hybrid System|
|Power||82 bhp / 118 bhp||82 bhp / 90 bhp|
|Torque||114 Nm / 172 Nm||113 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT / 6-speed MT/ 7-speed DCT/ 6-speed iMT||5-speed MT / CVT|
It is expected that the upcoming i20 will be sharing the same petrol engines that power the Venue compact SUV. Comparing it to the Baleno, the upcoming i20 will be offered with two petrol engine options. When it comes to power figures, the 1.2-litre petrol engine from both the Baleno and the upcoming i20 produce almost the same power output. But the next-gen i20 will be a step ahead with the option of a powerful 1.0-litre turbo engine and it will also offer the option of 7-speed DCT and 6-speed semi-automatic (iMT) gearbox options.
On the other hand, the Baleno will still be a step ahead when it comes to technology. It is offered with Maruti SHVS mild hybrid system which not only increases the power figures but it also offers better fuel efficiency. In addition to this, the Baleno will come with an option of a CVT automatic gearbox.
|2020 Hyundai i20||Maruti Suzuki Baleno|
|Engine||1.5 litre turbo||NA|
Coming to the oil burners, just like the petrol model even the diesel engine will most likely be carried over from the Hyundai Venue. According to this, under the hood will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that is capable of producing 99 bhp of power and 240 Nm of torque. This diesel engine will then be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission only.
Maruti Suzuki, on the other hand, has discontinued the diesel line up owing to the implementation of the BS6 emission norms.
2020 Hyundai i20 vs Baleno - Safety:
The New Gen Hyundai i20 launched in the global market comes loaded with various advanced safety features such as lane follow assist, adaptive cruise control, smart speed limiter, forward collision warning, blind-spot collision warning, etc. These features will most likely not be carried over to the Indian model. In the Indian market, the next-gen i20 will most likely most carry over the same safety features from the current model. These safety features include 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, high-speed alert system, seat belt warning system and child seat anchor points. As it is expected that upcoming i20 will feature Blue Link car connected technology it will then feature Auto Crash notification, SOS/Emergency Assistance, Road Side Assistance and Panic notification.
On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes loaded with the basic safety features such as front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, high-speed alert system, seat belt warning system and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
2020 Hyundai i20 vs Baleno - Price:
|2020 Hyundai i20||Maruti Suzuki Baleno|
|Ex-Showroom, India||Rs 6 lakh – Rs 10 lakh *Expected||Rs 5.70 lakh – Rs 9.03 lakh|
Maruti Suzuki retails the Baleno with a price ranging from Rs 5.70 lakh to Rs 9.03 lakh Ex-Showroom, India. On the other hand, as Hyundai will be offering many new updates to the upcoming i20, the price tag will surely see a bump when compared to the current model. We at MyNewCar expect that Hyundai will launch the upcoming i20 in price ranging from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 10 lakh Ex-Showroom, India.
2020 Hyundai i20 vs Baleno - Verdict:
The upcoming Hyundai i20 will be offered with a spacious cabin and advanced creature comfort features when compared to the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. This will help the Korean car manufacturer to have an upper hand in the premium hatchback segment. With this, when it comes down to the pricing, the next-gen i20 will surely be offered with a hike as compared to the Baleno.
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