The next generation Hyundai i10 is undergoing rigorous tests and it has been spotted testing camouflaged quite frequently. Hyundai is betting big for the next generation i10 as it will be showcasing a slew of new changes that will make the new i10 vastly different from the existing model. Along with a host of mechanical and cosmetic changes, the new Hyundai i10 will be introduced with a diesel motor, which is a much needed addition from Hyundai, resulting in a definite boost in sales.
The second generation i10 will be featuring the all new 1.1-litre diesel engine, which will be Hyundai’s smallest diesel engine. Three i10s were being tested on the Bangalore-Mysore road supported by a Ford Figo, Maruti Swift and Maruti Ritz, which means that the Korean automaker is planning to position the next generation i10 above the existing i10. It is also likely that Hyundai will not discontinue the existing i10 after the launch of the upcoming i10 to conquer different segments.
It is also expected that Hyundai can offer the second generation i10 with first in segment diesel mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission as we have seen earlier with the Verna diesel mated to an automatic transmission, no rivals have diesel + AT offering. Apart from the new 1.1-litre diesel engine, Hyundai will be offering the existing 1.2-litre Kappa2 petrol motor that produces 80 BHP and 114 Nm torque. The new i10 will be following the fluidic design language, will be more spacious and will offer a long list of features with improved interiors. Expected to launch around October this year.
Along with the upcoming i10, Hyundai was spotted testing the next generation Santa Fe, unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The upcoming Santa Fe will be following the new fluidic design language extensively to compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Chevrolet Captiva. It will be powered by the same 2.2-litre common-rail diesel motor producing 194 BHP of power with 422 Nm of torque, mated to an option of 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive layouts. The launch of the new Santa Fe has been delayed and could happen as late as next year.
Source – Team-BHP