Hyundai is toiling hard to become the leading auto company in India. It has planned many new models and facelifts in the coming times to achieve this. The South Korean automaker is readying up an all-new version of the Grand i10 – one of its current best-sellers. Hyundai is expected to launch the new Grand i10 in 2019. The car has already been spied testing alongside the QXi sub-4-metre compact SUV in late August. Here is a speculative render of the upcoming car which gives a fair idea of how the car would look like.
Render courtesy IAB
The rendering is based on the first batch of spy shots that appeared last month. The upcoming car will come with the latest version of the company’s signature cascading grille. It is likely to get a clamshell hood and a raked out aggressive nose.
As seen in the picture, the car will feature a rising shoulder line and large windows as in the current model. The headlamps have also gotten sharper than before, complimenting the overall look. The top-end variant will feature dual-tone precision-cut alloy wheels.
As Hyundai has been quite generous with the equipment and features on the new Santro, expect the Grand i10 to get the benefit as well. We can expect a floating type touchscreen infotainment system, multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control, rear AC vent, and cooled glove box among others to make a presence on the new car. Also, the new model will offer higher crash protection along with all the variants featuring a driver airbag, ABS, reverse parking sensors, speed alert system and seatbelt warning for front passengers.
All of these will be in accordance with the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) safety regulations that come into effect on 1 October 2018., The higher focus on safety will help the new model avoid the Zero-star NCAP performance of the second generation vehicle.
As the new Santro is getting an AMT gearbox and is the first Hyundai car to have one, the Grand i10 will reportedly offer an optional AMT too. With an average monthly sales of 11,456 units during the March-August period, the Hyundai Grand i10 is one of the most popular models in its segment. However, it is outsold by the segment leader Maruti Swift by almost double figures.
The new update would definitely help Hyundai to claim back some of the market again. The exact launch time is not yet known but expect Hyundai to bring in the car by the first quarter of 2019.