Exterior changes are subtle. The car gets a cascade-design grille. The front bumper has been redesigned and there are new LED DRLs (daytime running lights).
The country’s second-largest car-maker Hyundai Motor India has reportedly decided to phase out its popular hatchback, the i10, as it shifts focus to more premium and modern products—one of which is the Grand i10, which continues to record good monthly sales numbers since its launch in 2013 (over 5.5 lakh units of the car have been sold in domestic and international markets in three years). That ‘focus’ on quality is clearly evident in the recently updated Grand i10. Called the 2017 Grand i10, the car gets a new exterior styling, better technology features and improved performance and fuel-efficiency.
Exterior changes are subtle. The car gets a cascade-design grille. The front bumper has been redesigned and there are new LED DRLs (daytime running lights). The design of alloy wheels and wheel covers has been changed, while side body moulding has become sleeker. The rear gets a dual-tone bumper with incorporated reflectors. The Grand i10 embodies the company’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language quite well. Changes inside the cabin are minimal. In the top-end trims, there is a large seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto & MirrorLink, and voice-recognition button on steering wheel.
The petrol engine has been slightly updated. This 1.2-litre Kappa dual VTVT unit generates a peak power of 82bhp and a torque of 114Nm. The company claims its now delivers a better fuel-efficiency (19.77kpl for manual and 17.49kpl for automatic). The diesel engine has been thoroughly improved. This peppy 1.2-litre U2 CRDi unit now produces even more power and is more fuel-efficient—74bhp of power of 190Nm of torque. Its claimed mileage is 24.95kpl. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS and a rear-parking assist (with sensors and a bigger display on the seven-inch screen). Again, these are available in the top trims (Sportz and Asta). However, driver-side airbag is standard. The company is providing a two-year, unlimited km warranty also.
Ex-showroom Delhi prices for manual Grand i10 petrol start at Rs 4.58 lakh, going up to Rs 6.83 lakh for the automatic. Prices of Grand i10 diesel start at Rs 5.68 lakh, going up to Rs 7.33 lakh (the diesel is available only in a manual gearbox). After almost 3.5 years, the Grand i10 had started to show its age—especially with competitors launching far more premium and stylish cars—and this update comes just at the right time. The Grand i10 was high on space, high on refinement, high on power. Now it’s high on style too.