Hyundai will launch the next generation i10 in India next month, renamed as the Grand i10. The Korean automaker will continue to sell the old i10 in India and has thus renamed the second generation i10 as the Grand i10. The Hyundai Grand i10 has been completely developed from scratch and sits on a new platform. It is targeted at the higher end of the entry level segment, sitting right below the i20 in the company’s Indian lineup. The Hyundai Grand i10 will be priced above the regular i10.
Hyundai believes the Grand i10 will redefine the hatchback segment with its space, mileage and features. The Grand i10 comes with many segment first features like rear AC vent, audio system with 1 GB memory storage capacity, etc. The company has benchmarked the Hyundai Grand i10 with the Volkswagen Up!, with chassis tuning done by the company’s German R&D centre. The Grand i10 features a longer wheelbase than its predecessor which gives it increased interior room.
The Hyundai Grand i10 looks quite different from the regular i10 but the family design traits are very visible. The vehicle will be powered by two engines in India, the tried and tested 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine which belts out 80 BHP of power and 114 Nm of torque, mated to 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions. The bigger news is the introduction of a diesel engine which is the 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder U2 engine. This oil burner produces 75 PS of power and 180 Nm of torque, coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The diesel Grand i10 is expected to return an ARAI certified mileage of more than 25 km/l, making it the most frugal car in our country.