Hyundai Grand i10 Facelift Vs Old Grand i10 — Key Changes

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The best-selling car for Hyundai in India, Grand i10 has been facelifted in an effort to add new features and specifications; all to address the rising competition from its rivals.

The Grand i10's main or immediate rivals are Maruti Suzuki Swift and Ford Figo, both are powerful and loaded with features. So what are the changes to the new Grand i10 compared to the old model?

Here are 10 key changes to the new Grand i10:

Exterior:

Hyundai has tweaked the front grille of the Grand i10 facelift featuring a new cascading design. The headlamps are the same as the old Grand i10, while the fog lamp housing has been redesigned to house the LED daytime time running lights.

Also, the front fog lamp housing features air curtains to twist air around the wheel area is minimised, this is to better the aerodynamics which in turn helps in better fuel efficiency and safe driving.

On the side profile of the facelifted Grand i10, there are no changes undertaken by the company. However, the new Grand i10 features newly designed diamond cut alloy wheels and wheel caps.

As for the rear profile, the new Grand i10 features a revised bumper with contrasting plastic cladding insert, with red reflectors on both ends. Apart from these changes, the taillights remain the same and there are no other changes.

Interior:

The first noticeable change is the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supportssmartphone integration along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Navigation. The system also supports voice recognition.

Apart from the gadgetry upgrades, the interior, on the whole, has been left untouched on the new Grand i10. The Grand i10 features dual tone with black and beige colour combination. Also, the hatchback comes with cooled glove box, steering mounted audio controls among others.

Features:

Compared to the old Grand i10, Hyundai has upgraded the touchscreen infotainment as mentioned above along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Voice Recognition and Navigation. Hyundai has upgraded the AC with climate control (Auto AC) compared to the old Grand i10.

Safety:

The most important being dual airbags for the facelifted Grand i10 available on the top variant. However, the company has updated the new Grand i10 with driver's airbag as standard across variants.

Apart from the airbags, ABS is offered on the top variant, while reverse parking sensors are available from the mid-variant AND the camera assist is available on the top two variants. Also, Hyundai is offering keyless entry as standard with a smart key on the top variant along with central locking, engine immobiliser and impact sensing auto door unlock.

Engine Specifications & Gearbox:

Hyundai was offering 1.2-litre petrol and 1.1-litre diesel powertrains; now the company has upgraded the diesel unit to 1.2-litre. While the petrol unit has the choice of either the 5-speed manual or the 4-speed automatic gearbox, the diesel unit comes mated with a 5-speed gearbox.

Powering the petrol model of the new Grand i10 is a 1.2-litre Kappa producing 81.9bhp and 113.75Nm of torque. The petrol model of the new Grand i10 has the option of either the 5-speed manual gearbox or 4-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel powertrain, on the other hand, is a U2 1.2-litre CRDi paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox, there is no AT gearbox available.

Pricing:

Hyundai has undercut the pricing to compete with its rivals. The petrol model of the facelifted Grand i10 starts from Rs 4.58 lakh and ranges up to Rs 6.86 lakh for the top variant. The diesel model of the Grand i10 starts from Rs 5.68 lakh and goes up to Rs 7.36 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).

Verdict:

By upgrading features such as touchscreen infotainment system, DRLs, reverse parking assists, new 1.2-litre diesel unit compared to the outgoing 1.1-litre unit, the Hyundai is positioning the Grand i10 facelift as an able competitor.

Maruti Suzuki will launch the next-generation Swift late 2017 and this prompted Hyundai to facelift the Grand i10. With both the new Swift and the new Grand i10 receiving the same features such as touchscreen infotainment system, driver's airbag as standard and dual airbags on the top-of-the-line Grand i10, the only reason to compare is the pricing of the next-generation Swift which will be crucial to the survival of the Grand i10.

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