Hyundai India is working on launching its hatchback codenamed Hyundai AH2 in India during the festive season. It’s highly likely that this new hatchback is the next-generation Hyundai Grand i10. We say this because the Hyundai headquarters in Korea has also started the testing of this new hatchback and reports are saying that it’s the next-gen Hyundai i10.
The outgoing Hyundai i10 model was launched in 2013. Hyundai Grand i10 launch in India was slightly roomier than the international i10. It had 40mm longer wheelbase and was 100mm longer overall. Hyundai i20 CVT Automatic variants were launched recently
New Hyundai i10 Size changes
The camouflaged test mule spotted recently also seems to have a longer wheelbase than the internationally offered Hyundai i10. It’s possible that Hyundai won’t bother with making short and long wheelbase models for i10 to standardise manufacturing. This means that domestic and international i10 will be identical in size. However, Hyundai India might continue to refer India-spec i10 as “Grand i10”.
Talking of design changes, the new Hyundai i10 is reported to take inspiration from the Hyundai Elantra facelift. It will feature sleeker headlamps and modern LED taillights. Hyundai’s trademark hexagonal grille will also find its place in the hatchback. From the side, the coupe-like dropping roofline will keep things exciting.
In addition to the exteriors, the interiors of the new Hyundai i10 will be revamped completely. Even though the current i10 is quite competitive in terms of interior design, the new update should make it class leading. You can expect to see touchscreen infotainment, climate control, rear AC vents and steering integrated with control buttons.
Engine & Gearbox
In terms of engine and gearbox, we are not expecting much change. It’s most likely to continue using the existing engines- 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel. The petrol engine makes 82 PS of power, 114 Nm of torque. The diesel engine produces 75 PS of power and 190 Nm of torque. Both the engines come with the five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed auto transmission. It’s possible that Hyundai India might offer AMT gearbox instead of four-speed auto in the next-gen Hyundai i10.
Last month, Hyundai India announced its plans to launch eight new products into India over the next two years. This includes an electric SUV, Santro and the new Grand i10.
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