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201308 Aug

new hyundai grand i10

 

WHEN: September 3, 2013

HOW MUCH: Rs 4.2 lakh (petrol) / Rs 4.95 lakh (diesel) est starting price

ENGINES: 1.2-litre petrol, 80 PS / 1.1-litre diesel, 70 PS

COMPETITION: Maruti Ritz, Ford Figo

 

Hyundai will bring in an all-new car to the Indian market – the new Grand i10. This new car is a replacement for the current-generation in most markets, but in India it will continue to be sold alongside the existing i10, slotting in between it and the i10. To justify the ‘grand’ epithet, Hyundai’s engineers have stretched the wheelbase by approximately 100 mm compared to the European-spec version of the new i10, to liberate more interior room.

 

The other big news is on the engine front. The new Hyundai Grand i10 will be powered by an all-new three-cylinder diesel engine, codenamed U2 VGT. This new 1.1-litre diesel engine is essentially a three-cylinder version of the 1.4-litre four-cylinder diesel found in the larger i20. Hyundai hasn’t revealed any specifications as yet, but power output is expected to be in the range of 70 PS.

There will also be the option of the popular 1.2-litre Kappa engine, which does duty in both the current i10 and i20. Five-speed manual gearboxes will be standard with both petrol and diesel versions, with the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol having the option of a 4-speed automatic transmission as well.

 

We do not have any images of the interiors as yet, but according to some sources, the new Grand i10 will have a host of segment-first features, including rear AC vents, electric folding mirrors, audio controls on the steering wheel, music system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity plus 1 GB of hard drive space to store your favourite music. Regular features like power steering, air-conditioning and front power windows are expected to be standard even on the base version. This being a Hyundai, customers have come to expect a lot of value-add in the form of features at a given price, and with this new Grand i10, it will be no different. This is Hyundai’s tried-and-trusted recipe to delight customers, and it is definitely working. We expect 4 or five trim levels, plus two engine options, and the petrol AT as well, taking the total number of variants to around 10!

 

new hyundai grand i10 side profile

These are pictures of the European version of the new i10. The Hyundai Grand i10 as sold in India will be longer, sitting on a wheelbase which is 100 mm longer. The extra length will be visible in the rear doors between the B- and C-pillars.

 

We haven’t seen the car in the flesh yet, but from these pictures you can see that the new Grand i10 is a smartly styled product, which moves smartly away from the ‘wet soap’ look of the existing i10. The new i10 borrows some styling clues from its brethren, but the car manages to look stylish without being over-the-top. Hyundai’s designers have displayed admirable restraint with this one.

 

Pricing of course is key, and that is something which will be revealed only on September 3. However, there are some pointers as to what the likely pricing of the new Hyundai Grand i10 could be. For starters, the cheapest diesel hatchback in the Hyundai range is the i20 diesel, with a starting price of Rs 6.0 lakh, ex-showroom. The Ford Figo LXi starts at Rs 4.6 lakh, while the Chevy Beat diesel starts at Rs 4.7 lakh. The cheapest diesel from Maruti, the Ritz LDi, starts at Rs 5.4 lakh. I would hazard a guess and say that prices for the new Grand i10 diesel would start at just under the Rs 5 lakh mark.

As far as the petrol Grand i10, powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa motor, I expect prices will start at around the Rs 4.2 lakh mark, which is about 30,000 more than the current i10. This will be a smart pricing and positioning strategy from Hyundai.

 

Much will ride on the new Grand i10, but given Hyundai’s widespread dealer network, and the strong equity the company already enjoys, this car has all the right ingredients to succeed. At the risk of repeating myself, the Indian customer is getting further spoilt for choice, and that is always only a good thing.

 

new hyundai i10 rear view

Hyundai's engineers have retuned the suspension, with optimised linkage points. A choppy ride was one of the flaws of the earlier car, and the company is confident the new Grand i10 is capable of setting a class benchmark for ride quality.

 

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