Exploring the City of Palaces
Car India|January 2021
We set out on the 2020 edition of the Hyundai Great India Drive in the all-new i20 to explore the southern region of our beautiful country
Zal cursetji

THE WORD ‘PROGRESSION’ HAS BEEN USED in its multiple facades through the birth of civilization. rightfully so too, without the yearning for the said word we wouldn’t be the city slicking, moon visiting, techy souls we proudly call ourselves today. however, even though ‘rightful progression’ has never been too clear cut considering the history of our kind, we do find the world actively striving towards a truly better co-existence.

As part of this year’s Hyundai great India drive, we shall cover two stories of ‘progression’ with the first being about the Korean auto manufacturer’s brilliant all-new i20 hatchback. The second would be the saga of our beautiful nation with its kings, queens, colonialization, our current situation, and a thought for the future too. This “tense” affair shall be covered by our journey from Pune in Maharashtra to a trip down the compass starting with Mysuru (erstwhile: Mysore), the palace city of India, onward to the freezing hill station of Udhagamandalam (erstwhile: Ooty), and finally finishing at a gem in our midst, Fringe Ford.

But, first things first. A look at our chariot, the all-new 2020 Hyundai i20, is a must, especially in its redone avatar. The new i20 is draped in a sporty futuristic coating as far as design is concerned. sharp lines start with those striking headlamps and front grille and flow through the car showcasing its now very sporty stance. Throughout our journey we found the new i20 to be swirling heads around gawks of yearning for the new kid on the block. These were followed by several questions about the new i20, by a shocking number of people too, honestly making it the most asked about a car I have experienced during my time as an auto-journalist.

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