Hyundai launched the all-new Grand i10 NIOS in the Indian market a few weeks ago. The much-awaited mid-size hatchback from the South Korean brand and received some radical changes, especially when it comes to the looks and the cabin of the vehicle. Soon, Hyundai will launch the all-new Grand i10 in a sportier avatar and it will get the turbocharged petrol engine that was introduced in the Indian market with the all-new Hyundai Venue earlier this year.
In the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Hyundai revealed the i10 N Line, which is a sportier version of the car in the European markets. Now ACI reports that a similar, sportier version of the Grand i10 will be launched in the Indian market in the coming weeks too. Scheduled to be launched in early 2020, it is expected to get a score of changes in terms of looks. However, the most significant upgrade in the sportier Grand i10 NIOS will the engine. It will come powered by the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is available with the Hyundai Venue in the Indian market. Currently, the Grand i10 NIOS is available only with a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine. The sportier version will get the new 1.0-litre engine, which will be much more powerful than the 1.2-litre engine.
Since the Grand i10 NIOS is lighter than the Hyundai Venue, it will offer a greater power-to-weight ratio, which will make it a much more fun car to drive around. It should be noted that the sportier Grand i10 NIOS that will be launched in the coming times will be different from the Hyundai i10 N Line. It will be customised for the Indian market and will not carry the N Line badge. Just like the “M” division of the BMW and the “SVR” of the Jaguar Land Rover, the “N Line” is the division that works on high-performance vehicles for Hyundai. For a long time, the entry of the N Line cars has been expected in India. But for now, the Grand i10 NIOS will not get the badge. Instead, it is expected to get customised upgrades for the Indian market, which is very cost-sensitive.
The 1.0-litre turbocharged engine in the Hyundai Venue produces a maximum power of 118 Bhp and peak torque of 172 Nm. Hyundai will retune to the engine to suit the need of the Grand i10. The power is expected to be somewhere around 90-100 Bhp. Hyundai also offers a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with the same 1.0-litre engine in the Venue. The Grand i10 NIOS, however, will only offer a manual transmission to keep the price in check. Currently, the Tata Tiago JTP is the most-affordable hot hatchback in the market. The Tiago JTP will retain the position even after the Grand i10 NIOS Sport is launched. The car is expected to be based on the mid or top-end variants.