Hyundai, a popular brand around the globe, has been providing a range of brilliant products from small hatchbacks to luxury sedans and SUVs. For the last fifteen years, it has been writing its own success story in the Indian auto market. First it was Santro which ruled the market from 1998 to 2005 and is still selling in good numbers. Then came the i10 which instantly became word of mouth and was a critically acclaimed small car. When the first two offerings found a solid hold in the country, the company moved further to expand its repertoire and launched a bigger i, the i20 followed by a new Avatar of i10, the Grand i10. Introduced last year in September, Grand i10 bragged the country’s highest automotive award, the Indian car of the year 2014 (IOCTY). This was due to the fact that the sales numbers were over 35,000 in less than three months of its launch in India.
This new car from Korean manufacturer does carries the legacy of i10 and i20 with fresh enhancements. The exterior work of this car can be defined as the masterpiece of elegance & feasibility and the true value for money for the price constraint Indian customers. The same fluidic concept can be seen in this offering too where the front façade has a sleek radiator grille, flanked headlamps seems to be connected with a single line of chrome whereas the company’s badge is perfectly placed in the center. The body colored bumpers containing the large air dam prevents the engine from getting extremely heated. The side profile takes design cues from fluidic philosophy and flows smoothly throughout the body structure giving it a unique appearance. The car sits on a freshly designed pair of alloy wheels while the door handles and external rear view mirrors are body colored all that comes with the top end models. The rear brings a new style statement with vivid tail lamp and windscreen containing wash and wipe feature with defogging capability. For the sporty appearance, the rear spoiler comes with mounted stop lamp. (CarDekho)
The interiors are made keeping in mind the very expectations of the next generation car drivers. The cabin is rich in appearance and dual toned in beige and black. The superior quality of material can be found gracing the interiors. Besides general technical features like speedometer, tachometer, fuel indicator and trip meter, the new Grand i10 is blessed with improved air conditioning system, electronic power steering wheel with audio controls mounted, power windows, revamped music system with latest media connectivity options. The wheelbase is larger than the i10, so there is no need to worry about the space constraint, the car can easily absorb five passengers comfortably. Special features included are push button start/stop functionality, smart key access, rear parking sensors and the rear AC vents to give the utmost comfort to the occupants. Korean manufacturer has given more stability and sturdiness when it comes to the safety of occupants. There are dual airbags at the front, Anti-lock braking system, fog lamps and reflector lamps on the rear bumper. (CarDekho)
Both diesel and petrol variants are available, continuing the tradition of i-series of cars. The same petrol unit 1.2L Kappa 2 is employed for the power job which is doing duty in i10. It churns out 82bhp and 114Nm of torque coupled with either 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission gearbox choices. On the other hand, the diesel motor is a new 1.1L U2 CRDi engine which is manufactured locally at Chennai facility. The engine is capable of producing 70bhp and 160Nm of torque mated with five-speed manual transmission gearbox. This new CRDi engine adds more to the fuel efficiency of the vehicle which perfectly suits to the Indian road conditions. (CarDekho)
Grand i10 currently competes with Maruti Suzuki Swift and Volkswagen Polo in the segment. For now, it’s no wonder that Hyundai Grand i10 has become the talk of the town just like its predecessors. However, the product comes from a a brand that has sharply analyzed the Indian market and the taste of the consumers. In conclusion, the Grand i10 has all the attributes to lure the hatch lovers who are always prepared to ride on such a magnificent vehicle. (CarDekho)