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Hyundai PH launches the Grand i10

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Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Hyundai | posted February 14, 2014 00:21

New hatch to bring class leading features to the class

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. has just launched their latest city car: the Hyundai Grand i10.

The new Hyundai Grand i10 is an entirely new model for the brand and was developed and manufactured by Hyundai Motor India. The new Grand i10 is significantly larger than the standard i10, as it has a 100mm longer wheelbase while the body is 80mm longer and 65mm wider.

Apart from the larger dimensions, Hyundai's designers conceived the Grand i10's exterior to conform to their 'chic icon' design language for city cars. As a result, the Grand i10 gets a new, sportier look, particularly with the front end's prominent hexagonal grille (in black) and larger headlamps.

The lift-type door handles have been replaced by grip type handles, while the rear has also been thoroughly updated, replacing the vertical taillights with a pair that wraps around the to the quarter panels.

Customers can opt for the Grand i10 with the 1.0 liter with 66 PS and 94 Newton-meters of torque or the 1.2 liter engine with 87 PS and 120 Newton-meters of torque. The 1.0 comes with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto, though the 1.2 can only be had with the 4-speed automatic.

The interior was fully redesigned as well, as the cabin now features a more modern look all around, particularly with the new dashboard design, steering wheel, seat fabrics and other details. The top spec models get orange interior accents, while the mid to entry spec variants get beige accents.

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Standard features for all variants include a tilt-adjustable 3-spoke steering wheel with electric power steering, a multi-info display that computes consumption and average speed, a manual A/C system, rear defogger and others.

The Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 E 5-M/T variant is the base model, and has a conventional key, a driver-side airbag, matte black bumpers, mirrors and handles, fixed headrests, manual mirrors, powered front windows, manual rear windows and a 1-DIN audio system with 4 speakers. The 1.0 E rolls on 14” steel rims with full hubcaps.

The Grand i10 1.0 S is the midrange model and can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto. Over the 1.0 E, the 1.0 S adds color-keyed bumpers, mirrors and handles, a keyless entry system, power windows for all, power side mirrors, dual airbags, a better audio system with USB, iPod connectivity and Aux-in. The 1.0 S rolls on steel rims with full hubcaps.

The top-spec variants are the Grand i10 1.0 L and the Grand i10 1.2 L, both with 4-speed automatics. Standard for these two models (on top of the 'S' variants) are 14” alloy wheels, chrome door handles, ABS with EBD, a seat under tray, orange interior trim, a glove box that can chill drinks as well as an LCD touchscreen audio system with DVD playback, GPS navigation and Bluetooth.

The Grand i10 can be had in 10 colors, namely Red Passion, Golden Orange, Aqua Blue, Wine Red, Twilight Blue, Star Dust, Silky Beige, Sleek Silver, Pure White and Phantom Black.

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UPDATE: The prices below are INTRODUCTORY.

2014 Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 E 5MT – PhP 518,000

2014 Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 S 5MT – PhP 558,000

2014 Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 S 4AT – PhP 588,000

2014 Hyundai Grand i10 1.0 L 4AT – PhP 658,000

2014 Hyundai Grand i10 1.2 L 4AT – PhP 688,000

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Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. also announced that the Grand i10 will undergo a widespread mall display over the next two weeks in Metro Manila. Check out the schedule below:

Robinsons Galleria – February 15 – 24

SM Center Las Piñas – February 15 – 19

SM City Bicutan – February 15 – 19

SM City Marikina – February 15 – 19

SM City San Lazaro – February 15 – 19

SM City Sucat – February 15 – 19

Theatre Mall – February 15 – 16

SM Mall of Asia – February 20 – 26

SM City North EDSA – February 20 – 22

Trinoma – February 21 – 23

Glorietta – February 21 – 23

Virra Mall – February 21 – 23

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What do you think of Hyundai's new contender in the subcompact class?

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