It’s official. Hyundai’s 2nd generation Grand i10 hatchback will be launched in India on the 20th of August 2019. The car will be the second big launch from the South Korean automaker in India this year following the Swift, and comes right in the middle of the festive season. It will continue to be positioned against the Maruti Swift and the Ford Figo, in India’s B-Segment hatchback category. The 2020 Hyundai Grand i10 is likely to pack in Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant petrol and diesel engines. The automaker is likely to equip the car with 5 speed AMT gearbox options on both engines. 5 speed manual gearboxes are expected to remain standard on both engines. As for pricing, the car is expected to start from around Rs. 5 lakhs for the base petrol model.
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In terms of design, the 2020 Hyundai Grand i10 is expected to get a new cascading grille, which is now a signature design element on most new Hyundai cars. Sharper front headlamps, a fully revised bumper and air dam are likely to be the other changes on the front end. On the side, the car is also expected to grow in size slightly in order to offer more room to passengers. It will continue to retain the sub-4 meter footprint though.
On the inside, similar changes are likely, with a fresh new dashboard. A touchscreen infotainment console is likely to occupy pride of place on the dashboard, and will get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a host of other connected car features. Space on the inside is likely to improve and Hyundai is expected to carry over rear AC vents on the updated model as well.
Although the 2nd generation Hyundai Grand i10 will get a brand new design and a host of new features, the automaker cannot afford to price it much more than the outgoing version. This is because there is a big slowdown in car sales in India thanks to a weakening economy. An ultra competitive price tag is the need of the hour if Hyundai has any hopes of making the new Grand i10 as big a success as the outgoing version. The outgoing Grand i10 has been one of the best selling hatchbacks in the segment, consistently doing over 10,000 units each month. Hyundai will be hoping that the new model brings in similar numbers as the Grand i10 is a car that appeals to a wide set of buyers, both in the private and commercial sectors.