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Hyundai Motors is all set to unveil the global replacement of the Hyundai i10 at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. However in India, the current model of the i10 will continue to accelerate on the streets accompanied by its modified version, the Hyundai i10 Grand. The South Korean manufacturers have provided a sneak peak to the looks of their latest product along with the specifications. As the name suggests, the Hyundai i10 Grand is much larger car than the current i10, with a 100 mm longer wheelbase.
Although the accurate dimensions of the Hyundai i10 Grand are yet to be disclosed, it is anticipated that the car will be placed in a segment in between the i10 and I 20 hatchbacks in the Indian market. The specifications of the new Hyundai i10 Grand give the fine impression of the typical Hyundai fashion i.e. fully loaded. ABS+EBD, rear AC vents, a cooled glove box, rear parking sensors, twin air bags, keyless entry plus push button start, a 2-DIN stereo with 1 GB built in storage, AUX, Bluetooth and USB compatibility, steering mounted audio controls and electric wing mirrors with automated folding functions are the standard features of the top-end variants installed in the i10 Grand. In terms of comfort, the new i10 Grand gives a run for money to the more expensive models.
Concentrating on the engine options of the new hatchback, the car will be available with petrol and turbo diesel motors. The petrol engine is expected to be the 1.2-liter Kappa unit, tuned for a higher torque output and power while the diesel motor is a 1.1-liter-3 cylinder unit. The 1.1 CRDI turbo diesel engines, already available on the i20 sold in Europe, is said to be redesigned for India. The outputs of the motor, in present guise are about 74 Bhp-180 Nm. The exact specifications of this diesel engine on the i10 Grand remain unknown for now. The turbo diesel motor will be produced in Hyundai India's new diesel engine manufacturing facility. However, the mileage figure is yet to be revealed, it is expected that it would be of 26kmpl or more.
A 5-speed manual gearbox is provided as a standard, in both the petrol and diesel variants while an optional 4 speed automatic gearbox is expected to be offered in the petrol version of the i10 Grand. If the price and positioning of the i10 Grand is to be considered, Hyundai plans to compete with the likes of the Maruti Ritz, Swift and Ford Figo hatchbacks.