With the New Year just a little over a month away, Hyundai is gearing up for the launch of its hottest selling hatchback, the Grand i10. Since its foray into the Indian market back in 2013, this is the first time the car will receive its first set of styling tweaks. The facelift has already made its global debut at the Paris Motor Show, earlier this year. The India-bound Grand i10 is expected to keep pace with the European spec in terms of design and styling.
On the outside, the Grand i10 gets a redesigned front fascia, which now comprises a revised and more aggressive looking grille, that houses the LED DRLs. The bumper now also makes for sporty looking air intakes with a sleeker looking set of fog lamps. Moving to the sides, the Grand i10 is expected to come equipped with a new set of 14-inch alloys. At the rear, the hatchback boasts a redesigned bumper that comes fitted with a pair of all-new round reflectors. Overall, it retains the same tone as the current gen Hyundai i10.
Inside, the Grand i10 facelift is said to share the same design. However, now it includes new and more premium upholstery, 1GB in-built memory storage with music system and a touchscreen infotainment system on higher trims. The car is also expected to come with an additional automatic climate control system.
Mechanically, the car will retain the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and 1.1-litre iRDE diesel units that do duty on the current-gen Hyundai Grand i10. The engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 4-speed automatic is offered only in conjunction with the petrol unit.
With the updates in place, Hyundai is expected to throw certain premium features that should ideally up its game with close rivals such as the Ford Figo, Fiat Punto Evo and the major seller Maruti Suzuki Swift. The Grand i10 also faces a certain degree of competition from the recently launched Tata Tiago. The base price for the Hyundai Grand i10 is expected to be around Rs 4.9 lakh, which pits it against the top-of- the-line Tata Tiago XZ.