Next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 will launch around this year’s festive season to take on models like the Maruti Swift and the Ford Figo
Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has been busy prepping to launch the next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 in India. The new model will make its market debut in our country and will be even sold in several global markets. The local launch will likely happen by this year’s Diwali.
The next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 will feature a funky design that will follow the company’s Fluidic Sculpture theme. Its front end will carry the company’s signature cascading grille, while the headlamps will be a lot sleeker than before. The side profile will have the same outline but will have a more dynamic beltline. Even the rear-end will be more modern and should appear sportier.
The interior of the next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 will be a more pleasant place to be in than that of the current version. It will be replete with modern-looking panels and segment-best comfort and convenience-enhancing equipment. Also, in line with the new safety norms, it will be sold with ABS, dual front airbags, reverse parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat restraints as standard fitments.
Underpinning the next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 will be an updated version of the current vehicle’s BA architecture, which should offer improved dynamics and higher crash safety. Unlike the current model, which offers both petrol and diesel engines, the next-gen model will have only a petrol engine. Also, while the current model’s petrol variant is available with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic unit, the new model will be sold with a 5-speed MT and the SmartAuto AMT.
Powering the next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 will be an updated version of the company’s 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine. The upgraded motor will be BSVI-compliant. In its current state, it offers a maximum power of 83 PS and a peak torque of 113.76 N. The 1.2-litre U2 CRDI diesel mill won’t be offered due to fast dropping sales of diesel-powered small cars and the unjustifiable price tag that such vehicles are prone to carry post BSVI upgrade.
Like the current Hyundai Grand i10, the next-gen model will be a direct rival of the Maruti Swift. At the moment, the i10 is the second-most popular vehicle in its segment, after the all-conquering Swift. However, the company would be hoping to chew into the sales pie of its traditional Japanese adversary post the introduction of the third generation version.