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Next Gen Hyundai i10 To Get 1.1-Litre Diesel

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Hyundai will launch the next generation i10 in 2013, which will be the second generation model of this compact hatchback. The Korean automaker has till date not plonked a diesel engine under the hood of the Hyundai i10 as it seemed unfeasible form the cost point of view. The next generation i20 though will get a diesel engine as the shift towards diesel cars continue in emerging markets including India. Honda is developing a diesel engine for the Brio, while Maruti Suzuki too is said to be working out plans to offer a diesel-powered WagonR. It is imperative that Hyundai does not miss the boat and gives the i10 the much needed oil burner.

At the recent Geneva Motor Show 2012, Hyundai unveiled the i20 facelift, which now features an all new 3-cylinder diesel engine. This compact diesel motor could very well find its way into the next generation i10. Downsizing is the norm nowadays and a smaller engine benefits from lesser fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. The 1.1-litre U-II diesel engine produces 75 PS of power and 180 Nm of torque. These figures are on-par with the non-VGT Fiat Multijet diesel engine, which does duty on a wide range of cars in India.

Hyundai is offering Stop and Go system on this engine in the European i20, however such technologies are still light years away from being offered in India, as they push up the price by a significant margin in the cost sensitive Indian market. With a CO2 emission of just 84 g/km, the 1.1-litre diesel engine is not only frugal but extremely environment friendly too. Hyundai could price the diesel powered i10 at a Rs. 60,000/- premium over its petrol counterparts, when the next generation i10 goes on sale in the country by the later half of 2013. Expect class leading fuel efficiency figures, nudging close to 25 km/l (as per ARAI).

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  • Sushrut

    It only takes will from company to launch features like stop and go. Even Scorpio has given that option and it does not cost a bomb. If you look at the segment Scorpio micro hybrid still offers much value for money.

    • Faisal

      Sushrut, agreed Indian automakers are doing something good. Global automakers need to follow them.

  • Nishant M

    when they launch diesel i10 in India it will go head on with Honda Brio which will also be available with diesel engine at that time..will be watching closely at both of these cars..

  • Auto Analyst

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnn… Sorry guys… I am reading / hearing this news for last 4 years in different auto websites / magazines… Initially they said 1.1 CRDi will be plonked to Santro, then they said i10 and now 2013 i10… what next :-) ?

    PS : Currently Hyundai doesn’t manufacture diesel engines in India, they are imported from their Korean plants… that’s the reason Hyundai’s Diesel vehicles cost a bomb :-(. Hyundai delayed coming up with Diesel engine manufacturing plant in India due to uncertainty of Government’s policy on Diesel fuel ( subsidies, duties, taxes, etc )…

    Those who are planning / thinking of going for 2013 i10 diesel… please don’t waste your time… suggest to check other options… becos that day will not come so soon :-(

    • Faisal

      Auto Analyst, well earlier it was Hyundai is developing. Now Hyundai has developed a compact diesel engine, which is going to feature in the i20 in Europe. Also Hyundai is planing to set up a diesel engine plant in India.

  • DieselCars

    Hey Faisal,
    Any current updates on this, when it is getting launched in india??

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