It comes as no surprise as the next generation of Hyundai’s top-selling hatchback has been spotted. That’s right, the new Hyundai Grand i10 was seen during a test run near the company’s manufacturing facility in Chennai.
Even with heavy camouflage all over, the outline of Hyundai’s cascading grille was immediately recognisable as seen on the new Santro. However, unlike the Santro, the grille on the Hyundai Grand i10 test car did not appear to stretch across the entire front. While the overall profile of the next-gen Grand i10 remains largely the same, the test car did appear somewhat bigger and more upright. Another added touch is the rising window line at the rear.
As far as the headlights are concerned, they point once again to a similar design to the Santro where the tail lights were seen through cut-outs in the rear bumper. Not much has been revealed about the interior but a brief glimpse shows a fully redesigned cabin with a floating touchscreen rising above the dashboard in line with the new global Hyundai design.
Other likely updates to the interior include better cushioning for the seats and a larger MID unit as well. You can expect an extensive list of features like all of Hyundai’s current cars with the possible addition of a sunroof.
Next-Generation Hyundai Grand i10 Engine Specifications
In terms of engine options, the new Hyundai Grand i10 will likely continue with the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.2-litre diesel engines. While the powertrains remain largely the same, they will more than likely receive extensive upgrades such as BS6 compliance. Rumour has it that they might come with BS6 compliance from the onset but this remains to be seen.
With respect to the possible transmission options, they include a 5-speed manual while the newly developed AMT gearbox that which debuted on the new Santro last year will replace the current torque converter automatic gearbox.
The next-gen Hyundai Grand i10 will compete against several close rivals including the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo, and Mahindra’s KUV100. Considering that the Santro was intended to fill the gap between the Eon and the Hyundai Grand i10, expect the new model to be priced at a premium compared to the Santro and slightly higher than the current Hyundai Grand i10.
Early reports suggest that the new model could launch in India before the end of the year, perhaps as early as October. However, there is no confirmation yet when the new spec Hyundai Grand i10 will be available in South Africa. Follow our blog to keep updated on any developments on this story and join us on Facebook for more interesting motoring news from around the world.