Hyundai’s next big volumes puller will be the Grand i10 NIOS, the third generation version of the hatchback that will be launched in India on the 20th of August, 2019. Hyundai has already begun producing the Grand i10 NIOS at its Sriperumbudur factory ahead of launch, and in the next week or so, the hatchback will be dispatched to Hyundai dealers across the country. The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS will co-exist with the 2nd generation Grand i10, which is likely to get a price cut and become a budget offering. The NIOS, on the other hand, will take on the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Ford Figo hatchbacks, occupying the space that the 2nd generation Grand i10 occupied not so long ago. Prices of the Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS are likely to be very competition, at similar levels to the Grand i10. Bookings for the car are already open, and deliveries are likely to start from the day of launch, which is the same day when prices and trim levels will officially be announced.
Meanwhile, this is what Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said during the Grand i10 NIOS’ roll out from the Sriperumbudur factory,
“This is a proud moment for us at Hyundai, with over 2.7 Mn Happy Customers the i10 brand (i10 and GRAND i10) has been one of the most loved hatchback in India. And today we are set to create history again with the Global First – roll out of 3rd Generation GRAND i10 NIOS, which will set new benchmarks in the hatchback segment while creating Brilliant Ownership experience for our customers.”
The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS will carry over the engines from the older Grand i10, and both the petrol and diesel engines will become Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant. The 1.2 liter Kappa petrol engine is expected to make 82 Bhp-114 Nm while the 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine is likely to output around 74 Bhp-190 Nm. Both engines will get 5 speed manual gearboxes as standard, and Hyundai is also expected to offer 5 speed AMTs with both engines.
This will bring the Grand i10 NIOS at par with the Maruti Swift, whose latest model offers AMT options on both the petrol and diesel trims. The Grand i10 NIOS will also comply with the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) norms, and will get twin airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts and seat belt reminders as standard safety equipment across the range. In terms of overall dimensions, the new car is likely to get slightly larger than the older Grand i10, and will also offer trendier interiors with more features such as a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a cooled glove box and more.