Hyundai Motor Company has had quite a few launches this year. Even though the COVID’19 pandemic has affected the automotive industry, the South Koren carmaker is busy working on its future launches. Recently, the company started the production of its new-generation i20 at its newly revamped manufacturing facility at Izmit in Turkey. The factory is jointly owned and managed by Hyundai Motor Company and the Turkish Kibar Group. This partnership is registered under the name of Hyundai Assan that retails Hyundai cars in Turkey. Also, the vehicles from this production facility are exported to over 40 countries that include Italy, UK, and Germany.
Talking about the production capacity, we can expect the factory to produce around 85,000 units of the hatchback on an annual basis. Also, this facility is likely to be utilized mainly for the production of the new i20. This new production line of the premium hatchback is a result of 27 months of hard work along with $194 million investment. Since this is the first overseas production facility of Hyundai Motor, it is located in an area of 1 million square metre. Furthermore, this Hyundai factory has a production capacity of around 2,40,000 vehicles per year.
In the global market, the new-generation i20 will be powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder T-GDI turbo petrol engine coupled with a 48V unit. This will further generate two different power outputs - 100 bhp and 120 bhp. The 48V mild-hybrid system will ensure better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. As for the India-spec model, it is likely to be offered with 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre turbo petrol, and 1.5-litre diesel engine options. We can expect the premium hatchback to hit the roads in India during the festive season this year.