While Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) will launch the AH2 (2018 Santro) in October this year, its new car onslaught is far from finished. The company has just commenced testing two all-new models that will launch in 2019. At the starting gate is the QXi sub-4-metre compact SUV that we reported on yesterday due in April. The other, arriving shortly after, is the 2019 Hyundai Grand i10 making its spy photo debut today.
The second generation Hyundai i10 was launched in August 2013, and its mid-cycle facelift came out in February last year. Following a six-year lifecycle, the third generation is in the spotlight. As was the case with the first two iterations, India is set to become the first, if not one of the first markets for the new i10.
Spy images reveal that the 2019 Hyundai Grand i10 will sport the company's latest iteration of the cascading grille. It comes with conventional headlamps with halogen bulbs. The silhouette looks a lot like that of the current vehicle. That said, the test mule reveals a rising beltline towards the rear and enlarged tail-lamps. The test car was seen riding on steel wheels, but the top-end variant should get dual-tone diamond-cut alloy rims.
Typical of Hyundai models, the B1 hatchback will likely offer a long list of features, including a floating type touchscreen infotainment unit, multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control, rear AC vent, and cooled glove compartment. The new model will have to comply with the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) safety regulations. Apart from offering higher crash protection, all variants will feature dual front airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors, speed alert system and seatbelt warning for front passengers, so hopefully there is no repeat of the Zero-star NCAP result.
The next generation Grand i10 will reportedly offer an optional automated manual transmission. The company will debut the AMT technology, dubbed 'Smart Auto', in the Hyundai AH2. With these upgrades, the 2019 Hyundai Grand i10 will be able to challenge better the dominance of the Maruti Swift. Its marketing launch should take place around the festive season of 2019.
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