The new i10 is finally here! Hyundai Motor India rolled out the new version of the compact car at an introductory price of Rs. 3.48 lakh-Rs 5.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The “Next Gen i10” replaces the existing model and will be available in two petrol engine variants of 1.1-litre iRDE2 and 1.2-litre Kappa2 VTVT, claimed to deliver fuel economy figures of 19.81 kmpl and 20.36 kmpl respectively.
The 1.1-litre engine develops peak power of 69PS at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 10.1 Kgm at 4,500 rpm, while the 1.2-litre mill puts out a maximum power of 80 PS at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 11.4 Kgm at 4,000 rpm.
As mentioned earlier on our site (read the story here), the Next Gen i10 sports newfangled headlamps, bold front grille, hexagonal air dam and tail lamps with clear-lens treatment. The electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors have heated function and get LED turn indicators. Body-colored waistline moulding, full wheel cover and micro roof antenna are the other additions.
Inside, the two-tone beige and brown colour scheme for the dashboard is a welcome change. The interior light illumination has eye-soothing blue color. The centre console, offering Bluetooth connectivity, AUX-IN point and a USB port, gets a metal grain finish and blue illumination. The new Hyundai Next Gen i10 comes with steering-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth controls. The instrument cluster, with a digital fuel gauge and odometer, displays an optimal gear-shift indicator to help drivers achieve maximum fuel efficiency—a first in its class.
According to Hyundai Motor India Managing Director and CEO H W Park, the new i10 comes with significant improvements to safety and technological features. The rear bumper incorporates parking sensors while the Next Gen i10 now comes fitted with a burglar alarm. Other noteworthy features include height-adjustable driver’s seat and keyless entry.
The Next Gen i10 will be offered in seven trim levels comprising three variants of 1.1 iRDE2 namely D-Lite, Era, Magna; four variants of 1.2 Kappa2 namely Magna, Sports, Sports (0) and Asta. The new i10 is available in 8 colors: Crystal White, Sleek Silver, Ice Silver, Champagne Gold, Electric Red, Blushing Red, Carbon Grey and Thunder Black.
HMIL Director, Marketing and Sales, Arvind Saxena told The Hindu that the company hopes to sell 15,000 units of the i10 per month from the current 13,000.
While the new Hyundai Next Gen i10 commands a slightly higher premium (the existing i10 was priced between Rs. 3.48 lakh and Rs. 5.58 lakh), Hyundai adds enough bells and whistles to justify the price hike. And by bringing in the new Kappa2 engine with variable-valve-timing technology, expect a much more smoother and fuel efficient drive from the i10.