The second generation Hyundai i10 is all over the place, with the company testing it across the globe. The i10 is a very important model for Hyundai, not only in emerging markets like India and Turkey, but even Europe. After having been spotted numerous amounts of time in Chennai (where Hyundai has its India plant), the new i10 (aka Grand i10) was spotted multiple times on the Mumbai-Pune expressway (with red MH12 plates). The above picture was sent to us by our reader Rohan Subhedar, while the pictures below were snapped by us around the Lonavala toll on Saturday evening.
The Hyundai Grand i10 has been received by ARAI, who have started their certification process already. Hyundai is targeting a 25 km/l plus ARAI mileage figure for the 1.1-litre diesel Grand i10, our source informs us. The 3-cylinder diesel unit belts out around 75 BHP of power and 160 Nm of torque. The next generation i10 will be officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, with India sales beginning in the first week of October. The Grand i10 will sit between the current i10 and i20, thereby competing directly with the Maruti Suzuki Swift, who is the current segment leader.
Hyundai will also power the i10 with a petrol heart, which is none other than the 1.2-litre Kappa2 unit which serves on the current i10. The Korean automaker will load the vehicle with class leading features, which will definitely become a big selling point for the car. Production of the new i10 will take place at Hyundai’s facilities in Chennai and Turkey. Hyundai is benchmarking the new i10 against the Volkswagen Up!, which is one of the best small hatchbacks in the world currently.