The second-generation Hyundai Grand i10 hatchback is expected to make its debut next year, and the car has already been spotted testing on South Korean roads. Hyundai has a research and development facility at South Korea and, often, all-new cars are first tested on Korean soil. Like the current version of the Hyundai Grand i10, the new model is expected to be a global model. Details on the platform of the new Grand i10 are yet to be revealed.The car is likely to get slightly larger in size but is expected to continue operating in the sub-4 meter hatchback segment in the Indian context, in order to make the best out of duty benefits.
The new Grand i10 is expected to receive significant stylistic upgrades and also new features on the inside. The current model uses a 1.2 litre-4-cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine with 82 Bhp-114 Nm on tap. This engine gets 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox options.
The diesel engine with the hatchback is a 1.1-litre-3 cylinder turbocharged unit with about 70 Bhp-170 Nm on offer. With the new Grand i10, Hyundai could opt for a turbocharged petrol engine that would first be introduced in the QXi code-named sub-4 meter compact SUV, due for launch sometime next year.
The usage of a turbocharged, 1-litre-3 cylinder petrol engine will allow Hyundai to meet the highly stringent Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. It remains to be seen if Hyundai continues to offer a diesel engine on the all-new Grand i10 considering the fact that the diesel engined variants are likely to get quite expensive come April 2020, when the BS6 emission norms kick in. We won’t be surprised if Hyundai decides to go petrol-only with the new Grand i10. What we can tell for certain is the fact that the new Grand i10 will get ABS and twin airbags as standard safety features, and will meet the upcoming Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP).
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