Barely a week has passed since it was teased, but it seems that Hyundai couldn't contain their excitement. We're talking about the all-new i10, and the South Korean automaker has pulled the covers off their next-gen city car.
In India at least, the second-gen i10 is called the Grand i10 Nios, but it's largely faithful to the sketches shown recently. Like the drawings, the real deal has soft corners matched with sharp lines throughout the length of the body, giving the i10 a more prominent presence on the road.
At the front, it sticks to the new design language for Hyundai passenger cars set by the all-new Sonata. This is most noticeable in the front grill with its unique take on the hexagonal grill. There's also the large, upswept shape of the headlights and triangular fog light housings. One particular design detail is worth mentioning. That would be the location of the LED daytime running lights. Instead of it being integrated on the headlights, it's mounted on the corners of the grill.
Like most sub-4 meter hatchbacks, the Grand i10 Nios' body is upright with large glass areas. Character lines are, for the most part, kept to a minimum. Adding a bit of flair are the four-spoke alloy wheels with a two-tone finish. Interestingly, the small hatch even comes with a roof rail, something one would normally see in higher-riding vehicles.
On board, it has a mix of organic lines and shapes to make it look more upscale. For instance, there are simulated textures on the dashboard and door panels, which is uncommon in the segment. Round air-conditioning vents on each corner is a bit of a retro touch. It also has a semi-digital instrument cluster plus a 5.3-inch multi-information display. The touchscreen on the other hand is said to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As for engines, it looks like the Grand i10 Nios has an ace up its sleeve. It has a diesel engine option with a displacement of 1.2-liters. The small turbodiesel puts out 75 PS and 190 Nm of torque, which is substantial in a car less than four meters long. But for those who don't prefer diesel power, there's a 1.2-liter gas option with 86 PS and 114 Nm. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and an automated manual transmission.