Hyundai has launched the Grand i10 Nios, with prices starting at INR 5 lakhs. The Grand i10 Nios is positioned a deck above the current gen Grand i10 with which it will co-exist. So, what are the things that set the latest entrant to hatchback segment stand out from the rest?
Lets start from the outside
Hyundai has ensured that the i10 Nios is no way to be mistaken as the older Grand i10. Right from the cascading grill – that is sharper and wider to the redesigned headlamps that house a projector setup, there are a lot of new design elements. Higher variants also get a projector fog lamp, placed in a new housing. Another notable design element is the LED DRLs that have unique placement at the edge of the grill. It certainly adds a glam to the front. Over at the back, the Grand i10 Nios gets a redesigned tail lights, tailgate and new bumper that decidedly differentiate it from the older Grand i10. The side profile remains identical though. The Nios is 40mm longer, 20mm wider and features a wheelbase that is 25mm longer than the old i10.
Time to step inside(and step up!)
Hyundai’s efforts to make the car stand out from its sibling is evident on the inside too. You’ll notice a completely new dashboard layout. Another dashing element is the part-digital meter console. Only the tachometer is analogue – all others, including the fuel gauge is included in the digital part of the meter console. The feature list is long too. Top end trims of the Grand i10 Nios get a 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system, a segment first wireless charging. The infotainment system can connect to Andriod Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include leather wrapped steering wheel with control, automatic climate control, USB charger, cooled glove box, rear AC vents. And it continues – Keyless entry , push button start/stop, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, and rear wash/wiper.
Whats under the hood?
The petrol motor on offer is a BS VI compliant unit, whereas the diesel is sadly only BS IV compliant. The petrol motor is a 1.2L, 4 pot unit that develops 83 hp and 114 Nm. The diesel motor is a 1.2L, 3 cylinder (why though ?) unit that puts out 75 hp and 190 Nm of torque. Both the diesel and petrol motors are available either with 5 speed manual or a 5 speed AMT box. Hyundai claims an ARAI rated efficiency figure of 20.7km/l (Petrol – MT), 20.5km/l(Petrol – AMT), and 26.2 km/l (Diesel). Hyundai will be rolling out the BS6 compliant diesel engine by February 2020.
Who are all in this hatch brawl?
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios stacks up against the Maruti Suzuki swift, Ford Figo and Nissan’s Micra. As of now, Maruti Suzuki Swift offers a BS6 petrol engine in the competition. Both the engines in the Ford are only BS IV compliant and will be updated soon. As Maruti wont be upgrading its diesel engine to be BS VI compliant, Hyundai has some edge when it comes to the diesel powered hatch. Also to be noted is that Grand i10 Nios and Suzuki swift are the only cars in this segment to offer a diesel-automatic combination – much desired combo in the Indian market.