Report – Hyundai Grand i10 Diesel AT to launch on December 5?

Posted on: Nov 11, 2013 - 9:38am IST

Indian Autos Blog reported a couple of weeks ago that Hyundai was considering an automatic transmission for the Grand i10 diesel. The folks at FlyWheel now report saying that the launch of the Hyundai Grand i10 Diesel AT is on December 5th.

Hyundai Grand i10 launched in Chennai
While the Grand i10 was launched in early September, Hyundai added an automatic transmission for the petrol version last week.

Apparently, Hyundai has already commenced production of the Grand i10 Diesel AT and the first cars would arrive in dealerships by the end of this month. However, deliveries will start only from early January.

The Grand i10 Diesel AT will be powered by the same 1.1-liter U2 CRDi engine. This three-cylinder unit is a smaller derivative of the four-cylinder 1.4-liter CRDi engine found on the i20. Power and torque outputs for the manual version are rated at 69 bhp and 15.6 kgm, and these are expected to continue unchanged for the automatic. The gearbox will be a four-speed unit, as opposed to a five-speed on the petrol car.

Hyundai Grand i10 gear shifter
The Grand i10 Diesel AT combines the low running costs of a diesel with the comfort of an automatic transmission, for the first time on a hatchback.

The Grand i10 Diesel AT if launched, will be the most affordable automatic diesel car in the country. Currently, this title is held by another Hyundai, the Verna diesel EX AT which is priced at INR 10.34 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi), after which comes the Mahindra Scorpio VLX AT priced at 11.73 lakhs (ex-Showroom, New Delhi).

Prices for the Grand i10 Diesel AT are expected in the region of INR 7.5-9.5 lakhs, and at least two variants (Sportz and Asta) will be offered.

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2 thoughts on “Report – Hyundai Grand i10 Diesel AT to launch on December 5?

  1. Rajesh says:

    Kudos, Bravo…all expletives whatsover to Hyundai. One co. whom I admire and salute from the bottom of my heart. Most importantly, the only auto co. in India who seems to have got their act right every time with every product they have come out with. It seems like its only them who seem to have their minds where it ‘has’ to be.

    Why the H.E.L.L in this country could any automobile co. not even venture of bringing an AT diesel on a hatch back. Still thinking that India is not ready? Folks in the auto industry are just counting cash in their banks and not thinking ‘Business Engineers’. There are tons of people suffering back aches and high pressure due to the ‘paranoid’ traffic conditions and an AT diesel is JUST the answer. A very cool proposition indeed…compact car, good ergonomics, excellent quality, superior reliability, easy serviceablity, affordable, fuel efficient and now, most convenient to drive around. My very warm and hearty welcome to this GRAND entry 🙂

    1. Aravind says:

      I appreciate Hyundai for introducing new technologies for Indian market. Especially Diesel Automatic is the need of many persons who are frustrated with bumper to bumper traffic in big cities and poor economy of petrol cars. And they have introduced lots of features in lower segment while other manufacturers might be thinking that Indian market is not mature.

      But I am currently driving i10 Auto and frustrated mainly because of ride and handling. Ride quality is worse and bumpy. Also not happy with the handling part where I enjoyed driving even Maruti 800 many years back. Hyundais service is also becoming expensive. (I spend around 4K for every service while my friend is spending less for his Innova which is in a bigger segment).

      Looks like Hyundai has improved ride quality in Grand i10. Now if they can improve handling and service costs they will become a true competitor to the market leader – Maruti Suzuki.


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