The 2020 Hyundai Grand i10 which has been undergoing extensive testing in India is reported to be launched on August 20. While the launch date is not made official yet, August looks like right time for the arrival of new generation model so that it can take full advantage of positive buyer sentiments during festive season.
The existing Grand i10 introduced certain level of premium-ness to the small car segment and we expect its successor to continue the legacy. The 2020 Hyundai Grand i10 is reported to be underpinned by a new platform and the spyshots strongly indicate that hatchback has grown to a noticeable extent. The biggest improvement is going to be the interior space, especially at the rear.
Going by the near-production prototypes, the new Grand i10 retains its simple no-nonsense profile but we expect fresh styling at the front and rear. Narrow headlamps, LED DRLs and larger and edgier grille are on the cards.
Inside, the new Hyundai Grand i10 will be featuring a comprehensively revised dashboard layout, a new touchscreen infotainment system with enhanced connectivity features and quite a few first-in-segment features. In terms of safety, the Grand i10 would be offering the mandatory features and some more.
The next gen small is car is expected to retain its 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine albeit in an improved BS-VI version. The motor produces 81 hp in its existing state. We will have to wait and see if Hyundai is going to update the 1.2-litre three-cylinder diesel engine to new emission standards or not. The regulations warrant cost intensive modifications on the diesel engines and most OEMs are likely to discontinue their compact displacement oil burners.
The 2020 Hyundai Grand i10 will be positioned as a more premium alternative to the likes of Tata Tiago, Maruti Celerio and Datsun Go. The Korean hatchback will be targeting urban customers who are looking for a well equipped product with compact footprint.
Hyundai finished the month of June with a drop of 7.3% (YoY) in domestic sales despite launching the Venue sub-4m crossover. The automaker would be hoping the new generation Hyundai Grand i10 to infuse some much needed momentum.