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07 August 2013

Hyundai reveals new Grand i10

This is the new tailored-for-India i10. It's larger, more spacious, and gets a diesel option too. Should make our countrymen very happy

Amaan Ahmed
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Look at that grin plastered over your face. So happy to hear about a capacious new budget Hyundai that provides an oil-burner option, aren't you? Well, even if you aren't, at least that is the kind of reaction that Hyundai is looking forward to with the unveiling of this: the Grand i10.

Now, before we go any further, let's make one thing clear - even though it looks very similar to the current i10 in profile, this is an all-new car underneath. The underpinnings are the same as the new i10's, a car that will be shown to the world at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in the coming weeks.

Hyundai says the Grand i10 has been specifically tailored for Indian needs. The car adopts the very-popular "fluidic sculpture" design philosophy, and looks fairly unique compared to its now-outdated sibling. The face is completely new, with smaller, sharper headlamps, a new grille, new front air intake and new foglamp housings. The sides, with the exception of the lowered window line (makes the cabin feel airier - another influenced-by-India touch) looks pretty much the same as the i10's, while the back-end features re-designed tail-lamps, a new tailgate and some new rear foglamps. All in all, there's just about enough fresh bits to keep everyone interested.

Inside, you get a black-and-beige dashboard, which houses a 2-DIN audio system with Bluetooth and an SD card slot. You get a rear AC vent to help cool the cabin quickly during Indian summers, but the one thing that makes its India priorities clear is its wheelbase. Or the extension of it, actually. The Grand boasts of 10cm extra wheelbase compared to the i10 that is due to go on sale internationally. Which means more legroom for the rear passengers. Think of this as an i10 EWB, then.

More India-centric bits: the Grand i10 will be available with a 1.2-litre Kappa petrol motor - that same unit that does duty on the current i10 - in a higher state of tune, and now to the one everyone's been looking forward to. A 1.1-litre, second-generation three-cylinder diesel engine named "U2", that churns out 74bhp and 180Nm of torque in markets abroad, will also be available. You will finally be able to buy an i10 that sips diesel!

The Grand, as Hyundai says, will be positioned as a "compact high entry segment" vehicle, and it will straddle the i10 and the i20 in terms of price. Slightly more than an i10, slightly less than an i20, that is. Market launch is just around the corner. Hyundai claims the Grand's growth spurt will help it become a quieter, better-riding, better-handling car, apart from being fuel-efficient and also, packed with gizmos, details of which should surface soon enough.

The i10 was standing toe-to-toe with its cheaper stablemate, the Eon, in terms of sales figures so far. A roomier i10 with a diesel motor should make it Hyundai's best-selling car, shouldn't it? Or does India want more?

Tags: hyundai, i10, i10 grand, grand

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