2014 Hyundai i10 could launch in India by August, coexist with current i10

Posted on: Jun 21, 2013 - 1:19pm IST

Earlier this year we thought that the 2014 Hyundai i10 would be launched in India after its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year. The i10 sells pretty well throughout Europe and hence it would have been plausible to see a global unveiling before the start of sales.

2014 Hyundai i10 spied
This image of the 2014 Hyundai i10 testing in Chennai were sent by our reader Mr. Naveen only yesterday.

According to a tweet from Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, Editor NDTV Car and Bike Show, the i10 could be launched in India as early as August! He also says that the car would have a new name and would be positioned between the i10 and the i20.

We’ve already told you that Hyundai is planning an India specific version of the new i10 in which the rear doors and windows are different from it’s European counterpart. And we know that for Europe, Hyundai will retain the ‘i10’ badging. Would the differences stop here or can we expect more?

View a comprehensive image gallery of the 2014 Hyundai i10 testing

The new Hyundai would preview the all new 1.1-liter CRDi diesel engine. From the size of the car and the engine, it is obvious that Hyundai is aiming to compete with the Chevrolet Beat diesel, the current lightweight diesel champion of India (in terms of cost and displacement).

When the new i10 goes on sale, Hyundai India would have done something no brand has ever done before – Sell three generations of the same car simultaneously (Santro, i10 and the new i10).

[Source – SVP’s Twitter Handle]

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4 thoughts on “2014 Hyundai i10 could launch in India by August, coexist with current i10

  1. Ayyappan says:

    This is good news for the market. It would be interesting to know more about the Diesel mill though.

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  2. Raja says:

    Thank you for sharing the next gen i10’s launch information. Hyundai should do everything to ensure the new model’s success (as this would be their primary bread and butter model in the next few years) – provide it with an array of engine-gearbox combos, make it very user friendly, load it with features and most importantly, price it well.

    “When the new i10 goes on sale, Hyundai India would have done something no brand has ever done before – Sell three generations of the same car simultaneously (Santro, i10 and the new i10).”

    Sorry for nitpicking, but I’m doubtful of that. For one, Maruti Suzuki (a master at this kind of trade) sold three generations of the same model earlier (800, Zen & Alto) side by side. They still sell the 800 (in BSIII cities), Alto (k10) and A-Star side by side, which are all different generations of the Alto internationally.

    Also, I believe Hyundai are going to stop selling the Santro, at least in India (it may continue to be manufactured and exported to some countries). Sounds far-fetched? Take a look at this:

    http://www.hyundai.com/in/en/Main/index.html

    Look at the list of cars mentioned on the main page (not in the “showroom” sub-page). The Santro is missing in the list, as is the Accent, which has already been discontinued (both of them are still listed in the “showroom” section though). Taking these two cars off their new marketing push is a clear signal of intent that the Santro is going to be discontinued along with its brother from the same generation, the Accent.

    A good move, if you ask me. The Santro, which put the then unknown South Korean company with an unpronounceable name firmly in the hearts and minds (and importantly, garages) of Indians, has done its part extremely well and now it’s time for this fine little car, the original tall boy, to gracefully retire from the scene.

    I hope HMIL fill the vacuum created in their range by the Santro’s likely exit with a two-pronged approach. Reposition the i10 (especially the iRDE) a bit lower and make it more value-for-money. And introduce an Eon 4-cyl iRDE with more goodies like ABS, meatier tyres, bluetooth & steering-mounted controls, 60-40 split folding rear seats with adjustable headrests etc. and call it the Eon Asta. It would make a fine pocket rocket and compete with the Alto k10 and its likely refreshed version.

    Cheers!

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  3. Aravind says:

    Hyundai isn’t the only manufacturer to do so. Maruti-Suzuki has been doing this for ages – the 800, Zen and Alto were sold together. Later, the A-Star also joined in, making it 4 generations of the same car sold to Indian customers.

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    1. Sidhartja says:

      I second Aravind 🙂

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