The Hyundai i20 is an important model for the Korean carmaker in India. The premium hatchback segment continues to show growth and large volumes, and the Hyundai i20 along with the Maruti Suzuki Baleno has dominated the space for the past few years. The i20 has sold 1.1 million units in India, and overall production for the model line is at 1.6 million units, with half a million in exports. Now with the arrival of the new generation i20, Hyundai says it was time to improve the benchmarks set by the previous car. And the good news is that its not just on the connectivity, tech or gadgets side, but also safety. The new generation Hyundai i20 is set to be the safest one yet – with increased equipment, but more crucially – better crash worthiness.
For starters, the new Hyundai i20 uses nearly 15 per cent more advanced high strength steel as compared to the previous generation model. This takes total content of the advanced high strength steel to 66 per cent of the overall body. This not only makes the body stronger, but more protected against severe crashes. Ganesh Mani, Director – Production at Hyundai Motor India told carandbike, “The percentage of increase (over the previous i20) is 13 per cent in terms of the tensile strength point of view. The crashability index has also improved by 12-13 per cent as far as the strength is concerned.” The company says the car not only meets the recently improved crash and safety regulations in India, but goes further.