With the coming of the Grand i10 Nios, Hyundai has chopped the variants of the Grand i10 to only two and will be available only in petrol-manual configuration.
Hyundai has launched the new Grand i10 Nios in India today for a starting price of Rs. 4.99 lakhs, ex-showroom. However,, Hyundai had already announced that the previous Grand i10 will not be discontinued with the coming of the Nios, but the two cars will be sold simultaneously by the company. This, however, will see some major changes in the variants and configurations of the Hyundai Grand i10.
The original Hyundai Grand i10 will soon be available in just two variants – Magna and Sportz. Powertrain options will also be reduced to just the petrol-manual version. Yes, the diesel engine in the Grand i10 will be discontinued. These two variants could also get the ‘Prime’ tag and Hyundai will also be focusing the Grand i10 towards the fleet operator now.
The 1.2L, petrol engine will be the only engine option available on the Grand i10. The engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. To make the car lucrative to the taxi fleet operators, Hyundai could also be offering CNG as a fuel option for the two variants of the Grand i10. The 1.2L Kappa petrol engine makes 81.6PS of power with petrol while it drops to 66.3PS with CNG. Maximum torque with petrol is 110Nm whereas with CNG, it drops to 98Nm.
It is unclear if the two variants will receive any feature revision or reshuffle but it certainly will not be as well specced as the new Grand i10 Nios. Both the variants are however expected to retain the more important features such as the manual AC, 2-DIN audio system with an option for a touchscreen in one variant, rear AC vents, a driver MID, steering-mounted controls and dual airbags with ABS, EBD and rear parking sensors.
The current Grand i10 has a starting price of Rs. 4.98 lakhs, ex-showroom. With the Grand i10 Nios starting at Rs. 4.99 lakhs, ex-showroom, Hyundai will most likely reduce the price of the Grand i10 to bring in product differentiation. Moreover, if the Grand i10 receives some features revision, its price will most certainly go down. The Hyundai Grand i10 still competes against the likes of the Maruti Swift, Ford Figo and the Mahindra KUV100.