After the success of the petrol version of the Hyundai i10, Hyundai India is all set to launch the diesel version of the car anytime by 2010, reports say.The diesel Hyundai i10 is expected to be powered by a 1.1-CRDi (common rail direct injection) engine. Diesels have generally been surefire hits in India, and the new i10 diesel is expected to sell well.
The Hyundai i10 diesel variant will presumably be 15-30 percent costlier than the petrol-powered Hyundai i10. The diesel Hyundai i10 with a 1.1 diesel engine will also be qualified for the small car excise norms.
Hyundai India will import the car’s diesel engine from its parent company in South Korea. However, the transmissions for the diesel Hyundai i10 will be manufactured at the company’s Chennai plant.
Contrary to all these speculations, an official spokesperson refused to comment on the engine specifications and other parameters and denied any such move by the company.
Hyundai already has a healthy 20 per cent market share in the small car segment in India. The company plans to increase their share figures to 25 percent by the end of 2012 by launching many other new products in India by 2011.
Hyundai Motors private limited India would be setting up a diesel engine manufacturing unit at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. The company’s existing car manufacturing plant is also situated in Sriperumbudur.
Currently Hyundai India has a petrol engine plant that manufactures the Kappa and Gamma version of the engines which is used in the Hyundai i10 (only the Kappa version) and the Hyundai i20 super hatch.
CNBC-TV18 has reported that Hyundai is looking at setting up a diesel-engine plant in India, with a capacity of 1 lakh units, at a cost of Rs 400 crores.