Hyundai will launch a sedan based on the Grand i10 hatchback on February 4, just a few days prior to the 2014 Auto Expo. Camouflaged prototypes of the sedan have already been caught on test in and around Hyundai’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
Based on spy images of those prototypes, our artist, Shoeb, has rendered Hyundai’s upcoming sub-4 meter sedan, which will go up against the Honda Amaze and Maruti Swift Dzire. Our artist has given the car a short and stubby boot, a slim C-Pillar and taillights inspired by the hatchback.
In order to price the sedan competitively, most of the exterior parts, and interior components such as the dashboard, steering wheel, switches and buttons and front seats will be shared with the hatchback. The engines are also expected to be carried over.
We have constantly highlighted that Hyundai may use the more powerful four-cylinder 1.4-liter CRDi engine from the i20, as it qualifies for the Indian small car duty benefits (displacing under 1.5 liters). However, if this does not pan out, the Korean carmaker will use the three-cylinder 1.1-liter engine which produces 71 PS and 16.3 kgm of torque.
The petrol engine will be the four-cylinder 1.2-liter unit with Dual VTVT, producing 83 PS and 11.6 kgm of torque. While the petrol will be offered with a 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission, the diesel will come with a 5-speed manual gearbox.