Hyundai Grand i10 Nios BS6 details leaked ahead of launch. The hatchback comes with four engine choices, but loses some features in certain trims.
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is quite a decent hatchback in terms of looks, equipment as well as value. In the upcoming BS6 format, the Grand i10 Nios gets even better with four engine choices: 1.2-litre NA petrol, 1.2-litre diesel, 1.2-litre petrol/CNG and 1.0-litre turbo petrol. The car was showcased at Auto Expo 2020, earlier this month.
Even the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios BS6 gets new engine options compared to the outgoing BS4 model, the car loses some features and equipment in certain trims. The base Era trim does not get a passenger seat belt tensioner anymore while the higher Magna misses out on gloss-back D-pillars. The Sportz variant also loses the black D-pillars alongside USB charger (and power outlet), cooled glovebox and Arkamys premium audio system. The top-of-the-line Asta gets the same cut-downs as Sportz, minus the cooled glovebox.
As new additions, the 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor is available in Sportz MT and Sportz Dual Tone MT formats. The CNG powertrain comes in Magna MT and Sportz MT while AMT has been introduced in 1.2-litre petrol variant in Asta trim. The 1.2-litre diesel is available in Sportz MT avatar.
Coming to the engine specifications, the base 1.2-litre NA Kappa petrol makes 82bhp and 114Nm while the 1.2-litre Ecotorq diesel makes 74bhp and 186Nm of torque in the updated BS4 avatar. The much-welcome 1.0-litre Turbo-GDi unit (which made its debut in the Hyundai Venue) makes 99bhp and 172Nm. The new CNG/Petrol bi-fuel variant based on the 1.2 Kappa motor is good for 68bhp and 95Nm of torque with just natural gas. CNG cars are rarely used for private use, but are popular among fleet operators.
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios currently start at around Rs 5.00 lakh ex-showroom for the entry-level Era petrol manual and goes all the way up to Rs 7.99 lakh for the Asta diesel manual. The car is available with AMT as well with prices starting at Rs 6.37 lakh (petrol powertrain). Prices for the new Grand i10 Nios BS6 would most likely be a few thousand more and the 1.0-litre turbo petrol variant would be the most premium choice, prices starting from Rs 7.68 lakhs, ex-sh.
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios turbo petrol variant is no hot-hatch in any manner, but would be a sweet car to drive. The hatchback is available in many foreign markets (not exactly like the one we get in India) and is becoming a popular choice in the budget segment. The Indian market also receives it in a compact-sedan avatar — the Hyundai Aura — which is a good package with odd-looking aesthetics. The Hyundai Aura comes with the same choices of engines.