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Hyundai launches Grand i10

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There's a new Hyundai in town. It is, an i10. It is the all-new, next-generation version of the i10, though, and it has been designed with India in mind: everyone, meet the new Grand i10.

Us Indians have responded with great enthusiasm to Hyundai's 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language, and the Grand i10 carries on in the same vein. Looks different from the last-gen i10, but its appearance won't split opinion.

As we'd mentioned earlier, the Grand i10 (codenamed BA) is essentially the new i10 (codenamed IA) with a wheelbase extended by 10cm, and a lowered beltline, all India-specific touches to make life a lot easier for the car's rear occupants.

The Grand i10 is available with two engines - a 1.2-litre, four-cylinder Kappa petrol that produces 82bhp and 114Nm of torque, a teeny bit more than it makes in the old i10, and the other being the centre of attention, the second-generation, 1.1-litre 3-pot U2 diesel that puts out 70bhp and 160Nm of spin. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual 'box.

There are a total of four variants - Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. Era is the barebones version, featuring as little as a power steering, an aircon and an engine immobiliser. Magna gets central locking, fog lamps, keyless entry, wheel covers, electrically-adjustable ORVMs, power windows all round, a parcel shelf and rear AC vents.

Sportz adds a bit more kit with rear parking sensors, a music system with Aux-in and USB connectivity, push-button start, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, cooled glove compartment and electric folding mirrors, while the top-of-the-line Asta version brings along a rear wash/wipe + defogger, rear spoiler, alloy wheels, driver's seat height adjust, steering-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity and 1GB built-in media storage space.

Hyundai had said the Grand i10 would sit between the i10 and the i20, and the introductory pricing suggests nothing else. The Grand i10 petrol Era has been priced at Rs 4.29 lakh, the Magna at Rs 4.49 lakh, the Sportz at Rs 4.88 lakh, and the Asta at Rs 5.47 lakh. Diesel Grand i10 prices start at Rs 5.23 lakh for the Era, Rs 5.43 lakh for the Magna, Rs 5.82 lakh for the Sportz and Rs 6.41 lakh for the Asta (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai, without Octroi).

What do you think of the grand new i10, dotcommers?

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