Hot-on-the-wire-news this morning is that Hyundai India is still testing its Grand i10. The surprising part is that the car still continues to be camouflaged, even after the launch on the 3rd day of last month.
The Grand i10 was launched at a really “Grand” event in Delhi on the 3rd of September, 2013. It carried the highly attractive fluidic design theme of Hyundai. Integrated roof rails and Diamond-Cut alloy wheels were an added attraction, as were the swept-back headlamps and the integrated turn indicators. Showing that this model had great importance for India, Hyundai presented with features specific to Indian tastes like a wider rear windshield and brighter interiors.
They also provided a segment-first feature of rear AC vents. Safety was well taken care of by including ABS and dual airbags. The interiors were very well equipped, with 2DIN MP3 audio and a console mounted gear-shift lever. A smart key with push button start feature was also provided.
Two engine options were provided. They were :
- Petrol: 1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT Engine which produces 83PS of power and 114Nm of torque
- Diesel: 2nd Generation U2 CRDi Engine which produces 71PS of power and 160Nm of torque
Hyundai claimed that the Grand i10 came with a segment-best mileage in the diesel variant, offering an unparalleled mileage of 24 kmpl. The petrol variant wasn’t bad either, providing a claimed 18.9 kmpl.
Frankly, we have been confused by the latest spy images. They were captured by a Team-BHP member irdevanand at Porur in Chennai. The vehicle carried a red registration plate, and was covered up in camouflage in bits and pieces. Roof rails and alloy wheels were absent, hence we assume it was a lower-end trim that was on test. One can also see that the integrated turn indicators are absent.
What is Hyundai testing on the car after the launch?? If we are to speculate, the only thing that comes to our minds is the possibility of an Automatic transmission. Hyundai has already indicated during its launch that Grand i10 Automatic will soon make its way to our shores within a few months.
And if this indeed is the Automatic Grand i10, there appears to be a possibility of Hyundai considering launching it in lesser trim/trims as well going by the test mule we have in pics. Grand i10 Automatic will come with the same 1.2L petrol engine that does duty on the current Grand i10.
Are you holding your festive Automatic Small Car purchase for this Grand i10 AT? If you are unaware, do check out our compiled List of all Small Automatic Cars in India.