Hyundai has launched the new Grand i10 hatchback. Slotted in between the current i10 and the i20, Hyundai wants this car to sit pretty and thrash all its opponents into nothingness.
The Hyundai Grand i10 will be made available in the usual four trims – Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta.
Loaded with features, the Grand i10 really stands apart from the rest of the crowd. The base variant - Era, gets power steering, air conditioning and an engine immobiliser. Adding to the list, the Magna trim gets central locking, fog lamps, keyless entry, wheel covers, electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, power windows and rear air-con vents. The Sportz trim gets rear parking sensors, a music system with aux-in and USB connectivity, push button start, tilt-adjustable steering wheel and a cooled glove box. If you thought that was it, No would be he apt answer. The top-of-the-line Asta trim adds a rear windscreen wash/wipe with a defogger, rear spoiler, alloy wheels, driver’s seat height adjustment, steering-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Grand i10 has essentially been developed at Hyundai’s Namyang R&D centre in Korea, but there have been crucial inputs from its Indian R&D arm, which is based in Hyderabad. The engineers here have added rear air-conditioning vents and altered the products rear window design to suit the local market. Also, the Grand i10 will be 100mm longer over the European version, and have a longer wheelbase.
The Grand i10 will come with two engine options, a 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder U2 VGT diesel motor that develops 70bhp, and the familiar 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine with a four-speed automatic gearbox as an option.
If you're left unimpressed by the feature list, the price of the car will blow you away. Price of the petrol variants ranges from Rs 4.29 lakh - 5.47 lakh. While the diesel pricing ranges from 5.23 lakh - Rs 6.41 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). However, Hyundai maintains that these are introductory prices and could be revised later.
If you compare the prices of the Magna variant and the Swift Vxi variant in the petrol category, you will notice that there is a stark difference of Rs.50000. The same comparison when extended to the diesel car prices brings to fore a massive gap of Rs 57000. The fact remains that the Swift and the Grand i10 have a lot of features in common, but the Grand i10 comes with some additional bells and whistles.
But a word at the round table with Mr R K Srivastava and Nalin Kapoor, held at the launch, revealed that Hyundai will discontinue the 1.2-litre Kappa engine, which is big news coming from the Korean manufacturer. Stay tuned as we get you more updates on this.