Hyundai Grand i10 Petrol Sportz Review
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Hyundai is a multinational South Korean automobile manufacturer with headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. It was founded in 1967 and is fourth largest manufacturer of automobiles. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through 6000 dealerships and showrooms. Hyundai has developed a relationship with India. The Hyundai cars currently sold in India are Santro Xing, i10, i20, Accent, Elantra, Verna, Santa Fe and Sonata. It has opened a research and development center in Hyderabad and a production plant in Chennai. Hyundai launched its premium city car i10 in October 2007 in New Delhi. The i10 is produced in India at Hyundai's Chennai plant for domestic use and for export purpose.
Now the company has launched the much-awaited next generated i10, which be sold as Hyundai Grand i10. It has been designed in Hyundai's European design center in Germany. It has been known by its code name “BA for Indian market and IA for global market” till now. The Hyundai engineers took the existing 1.2-liter 4-cylinder Kappa2 engine and added VTVT (variable timing valve train). It is India's first small car to have a VTVT engine. This system, working on the intake side, helps in altering the valve timing and lift; according to the situation and thus improves low-end response and fuel efficiency. This VTVT (variable timing valve train) engine makes 1197cc of displacement. This engine produces maximum power of 80 bhp at 6000 rpm and so the maximum torque generated will be 114 Nm at 4000 rpm . Hyundai has coupled this engine with 5-speed manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission is also available as an option.
Hyundai has updated its diesel engine to 3-cylinders. The power generated by this 1.1-liter U2 diesel engine is 69 bhp with maximum torque of 160 nm. It is the second generation U2 oil burner from Hyundai. The engine is silent hence producing less noise and fewer vibrations. The stroke of this new diesel engine will be shorter and hence it will be making less power at high rpm. This engine uses a variable geometry turbocharger that will be mated with the 5-speed manual transmission. The Hyundai Grand i10 features a shoulder line that has a delayed curve upwards and the wider glass means that the cabin gets more light and air. The new Grand i10 will be having rear AC vents that were missing from the existing i10. The fluidic design, for which Hyundai is famous, will be seen in the peeled back headlamps and hexagonal bonnet grille design. The width of the front grille has also been increased to allow more air for the cooling of the engine. Hyundai Grand i10's hatch door will be having nicely curves and the car should have large boot space. The interiors will be clean and crisp. As the matt-finished plastic, new circular air con vents, a 2 DIN MP3 audio player with 1GB internal memory and a small key & push button start are added features to the Grand i10. With longer wheelbase and crisp interiors the inside space has been increased to a comfortable level.
The gear knob is within easy reach and it will be the first small car to have rear AC vents. The new Grand i10 will be having height adjustable driver seat , electric ORVMs, Bluetooth supported music player, multi-functional steering wheel and reversing camera. For the purpose of safety it will be equipped with dual stage airbags, ABS ( Anti-lock Braking System ) and engine immobilizer. For the first time this small car will be having a rear parking sensors. The diesel engine i10 is said to be improved for fuel efficiency and might be the only car to make 25+kmpl in India.
The variants are Era, Magna, Sportz, Asta and Asta (O). In total it is available in ten variants. The price for Grand i10 is INR 4.29 lakh for the base petrol variant and INR 5.23 lakh for base diesel variant. It is available in 8 shades: Phantom Black, Star Dust, Golden Orange, Silky Beige, Sleek Silver, Twilight Blue, Pure White and Wine Red.