Hyundai has just launched the all-new Santro in the Indian market and it is now working on the other products in the pipeline. Hyundai plans to launch quite a few other cars in India including the all-new Creta and the Elite i20.
However, the Grand i10 would be the first product that would be launch in an all-new avatar and Hyundai has already started testing the hatchback on the Indian roads. Here is a video of the test mule of the Hyundai Grand i10 that has been caught testing in Pune at night. Interestingly, it can be seen testing with the Maruti Suzuki WangonR for benchmarking.
The Hyundai Grand i10 would get the platform of the all-new Santro with the update. It is expected to become bigger in size and have roomier interiors. The body design of the all-new Grand i10 would also be updated in accordance to the Hyundai’s latest family design. The front of the all-new Grand i10 would get the family cascade grille that can be seen on the all-new Santro. However, the overall silhouette of the vehicle is expected to remain the same.
The Grand i10 takes on the Maruti Swift in the market and to keep up with the all-new Swift, Hyundai will equip the upcoming Grand i10 with a list of new features. The video indicates that the all-new Grand i10 would get the LED headlamps with projectors with DRLs. Other exterior changes may include a new set of alloy wheels too. The Grand i10 has been around for a while now and it has been specifically customised for the Indian market to offer bigger rear windows.
The all-new Grand i10 would also see an upgrade to the interiors. We can safely expect that the new Grand i10 to get touchscreen-based infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Other feature upgrades may include an automatic AC system and plusher interiors. Hyundai has always been extra considerate while offering features and we can expect the Hyundai Grand i10 to get a long list of features.
The engine details are not known but the Grand i10 would be powered by the same 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine that also powers the Hyundai Santro. However, as it will be launched closer to the BS VI deadline, Hyundai may tweak the engine to make it BS VI compatible. Hyundai may ditch the diesel engine altogether as with the stricter emission norms, small diesel engines become very expensive to develop and with the gap between the petrol and diesel fuel prices, launching the car only with a petrol engine makes a lot more sense.
However, it is not known why the vehicle is doing benchmarking tests with the Maruti WagonR. Maruti is expected to launch an all-new version of the WagonR in the Indian market and it is placed at a lower segment than the Hyundai Grand i10. It is quite possible that the WagonR is not part of the test. The all-new Grand i10 is expected to be launched in 2019 and would get a slightly higher price tag than the current version because of the upgrades.