The compact sedan segment is booming with some serious competition these days. The leader Maruti Swift DZire is fighting it out with the recent entrant Honda Amaze whereas the Toyota Etios, Chevrolet Sail and Ford Classic are some of the other competitors. Hyundai is one of the leading manufacturers who isn’t part of this competition yet but the Korean automaker will soon give a tough match to the DZire and Amaze by showcasing the Grand i10 sedan on 4th February 2014 and launching it soon thereafter.
Hyundai launched the Grand i10 recently and the vehicle was a runaway success. Buyers thronged Hyundai dealerships to get their hands on what is termed as one of the best hatchbacks in India today. The Grand i10 sedan will share most of its parts with the hatchback and powering the sedan will be Hyundai’s 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine and 1.1-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 83 PS of power and 114 Nm of torque while the oil-burner churns out 71 PS of power and 158 Nm of torque.
Coming to the Sante FE, Hyundai will launch this SUV at the 2014 Auto Expo on 6th February and it will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. It is expected that the Santa FE’s pricing will be lower than the Fortuner. The Santa FE is a very capable off-roader too and Hyundai will bring it down via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. The Sante FE will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel powerplant which cranks out 200 PS of power and 431 Nm of torque.
Hyundai has great hopes from both these vehicles. Looking at the spy pictures we can easily derive that the Grand i10 sedan is a very proportionate looking compact sedan with a new front grille to distinguish it from the hatchback. The alloys look smacking too. Hyundai will price the Grand i10 sedan between Rs. 6-8 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) and it will be slotted between the Grand i10 and Verna alongside the i20. Now it remains to be seen whether buyers prefer an entry-level sedan like the Grand i10 or a premium hatchback like i20 for the same price. The Santa FE will priced in the whereabouts of Rs. 25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Pictures Source – Motor Vikatan