The Korean carmaker, Hyundai is working on a sub 4-metre compact sedan based on the i20 to replace the Accent, which is comparatively doing low sales for the company in India. The Accent which is on-sale now in India is second-generation, and Hyundai is actually struggling in the C-segment, where it has only the Accent that too available only in petrol engine and is clearly a generation behind.
So in order to make a strong presence in C-segment, Hyundai is converting i20 into a sub-4 metre sedan, there is no doubt, it would sell like a hot cake and lure more buyers. On the other hand, the competition among car manufacturers is heating-up in the compact sedan range. In 2013, besides the launch of i20 CS, we are expected to see the launch of 3 compact sedans, the Mahindra Verito CS, the Honda Brio Amaze and the Tata Manza CS. And there are rumors that Maruti too is silently updating Dzire CS for next-year.
The launch of i20 CS was rumor for long-time, but now folk at ZigWheels confirm the launch of i20 Compact Sedan by the end of 2013. According to the same, it will be available in both petrol and diesel variants, probably, 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines, both will be mated to manual transmissions. The i20 CS is speculated to be slot between i20 hatch and Verna sedan with a price range of Rs. 6-8 lakhs.
Interestingly, the company has announced that the Accent will be built in India at least and until 2016, as the car enjoys decent demand in the Algerian car market.
Source – ZigWheels
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