The Hyundai i10, which is known as Hyundai Grand i10 in India was updated in the international market sometime back. The new car has been caught testing in the Indian territory quite a few times now. A slide of Hyundai’s marketing strategy published on Team BHP suggests that the new i10 or the Grand i10 as it is known in India is scheduled to be launched in December 2016.
The new car was showcased at the Paris Motor Show and it gets many design updates. The Indian version of the car will be customised to suite the Indian customers but it will be inspired from the European spec. The new Grand i10 will feature an all-new grille with LED DRLs. The fog lamp shape has now changed to boomerang shaped enclosures similar to the new Hyundai Elantra. The black plastic cladding of the car has been redesigned to give a sporty touch to the vehicle. The top-variant will also come with beautiful 14-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
On the inside, the Grand i10 will not change much to keep it budget buyer’s pocket friendly. We may see the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with touch-sensitive display in the higher-end variants but there is no confirmation as of now. We may also see new seat upholstery, new instruments cluster and automatic climate control.
The new Grand i10 will be powered by similar engine options that are available with the current model. There is 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces a maximum of 82 BHP at 6,000 rpm. The petrol engine comes with an option of manual or automatic. There is also a 1.1-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum of 70 BHP at 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine only comes with 5-speed manual transmission.
Hyundai is also planning to bring back the Hyundai Santro brand into the market that will replace the Hyundai i10 in India. Many reports suggest that the production of the Hyundai i10 has been stopped to make way for the Santro. Even though Hyundai’s initial plan says that the new Grand i10 will arrive in the country in December, the current situation of the market may force the company to defer the launch by a month or more.