As Hyundai continues testing the next-gen Grand i10 in India ahead of its market launch this year, its test mule has been spied on the public roads once again. The fully redesigned A-segment car should reach showrooms around this Diwali (November).
With its funky design, the Hyundai Grand i10 will still be instantly recognisable post the lifecycle makeover, but it will be bolder and more stylish. The third generation of the A-segment car will have a more expressive Cascading grille and more aggressive bumper inspired by those of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra and sleeker headlamps at the front. On the sides, the biggest change will be the smoothly upswept beltline and a more curvaceous greenhouse. At the rear, the tail lamps, bumpers and tailgate all will be in a brand-new look.
Inside, the 2019 Hyundai Grand i10 should be a big step up from its predecessor in terms of connectivity and other technologies as well as aesthetics. Spy shots have shown sleek, horizontal central air vents and a more contemporary steering wheel similar to the design of the Hyundai Kona. A floating-type touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is expected in the new generation model.
The all-new Hyundai Grand i10 will likely ride on an enhanced version of the current model's platform. It should come with an improved, BS-VI compliant version of the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine that produces 83 PS and 113.76 Nm of torque in the current, BS-IV version. Leading automakers say that BS-VI diesel engines will be way too expensive for entry-level cars, although Hyundai is yet to confirm whether it plans to upgrade the 1.2-litre U2 CRDi diesel that develops 75 PS and 19.4 kg.m (190.25 Nm) of torque to comply with the BS-VI emission norms for offering it in the new generation Grand i10. Transmission choices will include 5-speed manual and 5-speed automated manual (replacing 4-speed automatic).