Hyundai India is all set to launch the 2017 facelifted Grand i10, Xcent and Verna early 2017. This comes after Hyundai launched the Tucson and the Elantra in 2016, in a segment which is not quite popular in India currently.
The South Korean carmaker unveiled the facelifted Grand i10 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show earlier this year and will be launched in January 2017.
The facelifted Grand i10 gets minor updates with new bumpers, LED DRLs, new alloy wheel design, new spoiler and an updates rear-window design.
On the inside the Grand i10 facelift, the small hatchback features new upholstery, a touch screen infotainment system with navigation and new trims.
The new Grand i10 is expected to get mechanical updates as well, though Hyundai has not confirmed it yet.
As for the 2017 Hyundai Xcent, the company has not revealed any details of the facelift and is expected to be launched in March 2017. We can expect the facelifted Xcent to feature similar changes as the 2017 Grand i10.
Hyundai is looking to appeal to the private owners as the current demand is more from the fleet cars. Hence, expect the facelifted Xcent to look similar to the current larger sedans of Hyundai. The rear profile could look more refined to get the Xcent to look longer and sleeker.
The third in the launch from Hyundai will be the new 2017 Verna and is expected to be launched in June or July 2017. The new Verna was unveiled at the 2016 Chengdu International Motor Show in China features a large sedan compared to the outgoing model.
Several of the design cues of the 2017 Verna are from the 2016 Elantra which includes touch screen infotainment system which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The model launches in China has been powered by two petrol engines with 99bhp 1.4-litre engine and 121bhp 1.6-litre unit. As for the India-spec, the same petrol will feature in the 2017 Verna along with the current diesel offerings of 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre units.
However, if rumours are to be believed, Hyundai is expected to offer a mild-hybrid technology on the diesel units on the 2017 Verna. Maruti Suzuki offers its Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) on its Ciaz, a Verna rival in the Indian market. With the mid-hybrid technology on the 2017 Verna, Hyundai will have the option to price the Verna more competitively under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India (FAME) scheme.