The Hyundai Grand i10 is a no-nonsense city car with efficient engine, understated design and well built interiors. It’s not really a popular choice among customization enthusiasts but this particular example, nicknamed Typhoon, clearly demonstrates that the cheerful little Hyundai can adopt extensive modification.
The harmless front end of the stock car has been replaced by an angry-looking setup that is a part of Smoke’em bodykit. The new hexagonal grille, large foglight enclosures with LED DRLs, black chin spoiler, vented hood and red highlights make the hatchback very sporty. The profile too looks aggressive, thanks to red-finished 16-inch Lenso alloy wheels with aftermarket tyres, flared wheel arches, side skirts and an assortment of decals.
The rear fascia sports a roof-mounted red spoiler, custom bumper complete with diffuser and twin exhaust pipes, and smoked taillight clusters with LED elements. The purple custom paintjob forms a huge part of this modified Hyundai Grand i10’s appeal. If we have a grouse, it has to be the ‘eat, sleep, JDM’ decal on the front fenders which is not accurate (JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market, a term which is widely used to denote modified Japanese cars).
Interior receives leather wrapped steering wheel, custom tan leather seat covers with 7D mats, Sparco gear knob, Android compatible 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Polk Audio components and a HD reverse camera.
The modified Hyundai Grand i10 is not just about the show. The mechanical upgrades justify the car’s nickname Typhoon. The 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine is now aided by BMC cold air intake with turbo fan, ECU remap, NGK laser iridium spark plugs and a custom exhaust system with dual HKS end can. The car also gets custom lowering springs to reduce the ride height and improve handling.
The power outputs are not discussed but expect the spruced up hatchback to offer more than the stock car’s 83 PS and 113 Nm of torque. The modification took Delhi-based Smoke’em Customs (Instagram ID: @smokemcustoms) nearly 40 days and around Rs 2.5 lakhs to complete.