Back in May, we had mentioned that the new 2014 i10 is going to be the new i15 for India. Though Hyundai India did not name it as i15 (why would they name it Grand, we still wonder), it is after all a totally new car, and will sell alongside the present i10 in India. But, in Europe, the new i10 will replace the present i10, as mentioned in the same post.
Speaking about the i10 for Europe, Hyundai promises that the it possesses best in class cargo space and legroom as it is 80 mm longer than the outgoing model, though it features just 5mm longer wheelbase. To improve driving dynamics, the new i10 65 mm wider and 50 mm lower. Hyundai has also managed to increase boot space by 10%. This gives 2014 i10 a boot space of 252 liters.
Besides space being an attraction in the new i10, it will also feature a host of changes in its interior makeup. The 2014 i10 will possess climate control, heated leather wrapped steering wheel and cruise control. Safety features will include front curtain airbags and stability control while the company is expected to launch the i10 with a variety of engine options. These could include a 3 cylinder 1.0 liter, a 4 cylinder and 1.25 gasoline powered units. Interiors for the Grand i10 are now revealed and can be seen in the video below.
The i10 will be produced from the company plant in Izmit, Turkey which will commence soon after its official debut next month, while in India, it will be produced at their plant in Chennai. From the images of European i10 (above) and Indian i10 (below), you can see that the front of former gets LED, and the side of latter has a bigger rear window. This has been made to give a little extra legroom and space for rear passengers in India.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “New Generation i10 is another significant step forward for Hyundai Motor. Every aspect of the car has been designed and rigorously developed to meet the demands and needs of European consumers.”