The Grand i10 hatchback has been a massive success for Hyundai India right from the word go, so much so that the South Korean automaker has put 100,000 units of the Grand i10 on Indian roads in just 10 months of the car’s launch here. This sales success gives the Grand i10 hatchback the accolade of being the fastest car to hit the 100,000 units mark in India.
Developed specifically for the Indian car market, replete with a longer wheelbase, rear AC vents and features that appeal to Indian buyers’ sensibilities, the Grand i10 is based on a modified BA platform, the same platform that underpins the older i10 hatchback, which continues to sell in India, albeit in re-positioned form.
The Grand i10 also has a shorter wheelbase sibling selling in the European car market. In India, the car is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The petrol motor is the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder Kappa2 unit that is good for Bhp and Nm while the diesel motor is a 1.1 liter-triple cylinder turbo charged engine, tuned to output 69 Bhp and 170 Nm.
Both engines are sold with a 5 speed manual transmission as standard even as the petrol powered Grand i10 can be specified with a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Interesting features on the Grand i10 include rear AC vents, cooled glove box, stereo system with 1 GB in-built memory, push button start, keyless entry and automatically retracting wing mirrors.
The car has also spawned a compact sedan, which goes by the name Xcent. The Xcent is also a successful product for Hyundai, clocking an average of 7,000 units in sales each month. The Xcent compact sedan shares parts, its platform and most of the features, including the engines and transmissions, with its hatchback sibling.
Rumours about Hyundai planning to launch an LPG powered version of the Grand i10 have been doing the rounds. The 1 liter-3 cylinder Kappa petrol engine, first seen on the Eon 1.0, is said to be the motor that will power the Grand i10 LPG. Hyundai India, for its part, is mum about introducing such a variant. Watch this space.