Hyundai has just launched the Hyundai Grand i10 in eight variants, four in petrol and four in diesel, to be placed in between the regular Hyundai i10 and the Hyundai i20, with some overlap in models. This is the first car to sport Hyundai’s new small-capacity 1.1 litre, three-cylinder diesel engine as well.
Here is a look at all the variants and specifications of the Grand i10. The car will be available in eight colours – Phantom black, Stardust (grey), Golden orange, Silky beige, Sleek silver, Twilight blue, Pure white and Wine red. Also read: Hyundai Grand i10 launched, priced between Rs. 4.3 lakh to Rs. 6.41 lakh
New frugal diesel, but same old petrol
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The Hyundai Grand i10 comes with a new diesel engine. This is a three-cylinder diesel with a capacity of 1,120 cc, sporting four-valves per cylinder with a common-rail injection system and low-inertia fixed geometry turbocharger. It puts out a peak power of 70 bhp at 4000 rpm and develops 160 Nm of torque between 1500-2750 rpm. What’s interesting is that these specifications of power and torque output are almost the same as that of the Ford Figo, which squeezes out these figures from a 1.4 litre diesel engine, while the Nissan Micra racks up similar numbers with a 1.5 litre diesel engine! The advantage with the Hyundai Grand i10 should definitely be in fuel economy.
The petrol engine is the same as that used in most variants of the i10 and the i20 – the 1.2 litre, four-cylinder “Kappa” petrol engine putting out 82 bhp of power at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. Both engines come with five-speed manual transmissions only, driving the front wheels.
High on convenience, but safety optional
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In typical Hyundai style, Hyundai has decided to go the gizmo route with this car as well, loading it with features that entitle the owner with great bragging rights. What’s not so nice is that the emphasis on safety is again “optional”. Only the top-end Hyundai Grand i10 Asta variant has the “option” of being fitted with a driver and passenger airbag and ABS (anti-lock brakes). All variants get 165/65 R14 size tyres, with the Asta variant offering two design choices in alloy wheels.
The top variant (Asta) gets a rear wiper and washer, fog lamps, and audio system with Bluetooth and steering audio controls. The Sportz variant doesn’t feature Bluetooth or steering audio controls. However, the Sportz and Asta have full keyless entry with push-button ignition as well as power-folding outside mirrors and parking sensors.
Boot space is slightly larger than the i10 with 256 litres capacity, able to hold 3 suitcases, and the car is about 200 mm longer. Wheelbase is about 100 mm shorter than that of the i20. Also see: Hyundai Grand i10 compact sedan to replace Accent
What we think
Hyundai has planned its model line up quite wisely, with features to suit different buyers’ budgets. However, it hasn’t put safety as a top priority with this car as well, just as it has with the i10 and the i20. Hyundai’s understanding is that buyers prefer visible gizmos and conveniences over safety features. Share your thoughts on the Hyundai Grand i10 model line-up. The 1.1 litre diesel engine though promises to be frugal and should be quite attractive to buyers. It may, in fact, encourage buyers to even move up from the regular Hyundai i10 to the Hyundai i10 Grand, and it may get some buyers considering a petrol Hyundai i20 to look at the diesel i10 Grand. Also see: Upcoming cars from Hyundai – the 2013-2014 list