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Hyundai Grand i10 Old vs New: How Different Is The New Nios?

Modified On Aug 20, 2019 06:32 PM By Sonny

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The latest version of Hyundai’s hatchback has been launched and we explore what all has changed

Hyundai's third-gen version of its compact hatchback is called the Grand i10 Nios. It has just been launched at a starting price of Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom) and you can find out the full variants, features and prices here. Let's compare it with the previous-gen Grand i10 to see what’s changed.

It is also important to note that Hyundai continues to offer the second-gen Grand i10 alongside the new Grand i10 Nios. 

Exterior

Hyundai has completely redesigned the third-gen Grand i10. The new model looks more sporty and fits with the brand’s current styling.

The Grand i10 Nios’ most distinctive elements over the older Grand i10 is the latest form of Hyundai’s cascading grille with the boomerang-shaped DRLs integrated into the flanks. On the older model, the DRLs are housed in the bumpers next to the fog lamps while the grille was split into two parts as well.

The Nios packs projector headlights as well as fog lamps, both of which are not offered on the second-gen Grand i10. However, they still use halogen lamps.

The new design doesn’t just extend onto the side like it does on the older model, it wraps around as a unit. Even the placement of the brake lights as been interchanged with the reversing lights and indicators now on top, unlike the second-gen Grand i10.

It gets new taillights with an emergency stop feature too.

From the side profile, the two still look similar until you get to the rear end of the new Grand i10 Nios. It looks stretched and features a new bumper design. It also showcases a new floating-roof design with the black cladding that extends from the windowline to the rear windscreen panel. The older Grand i10 has a regular door frame that separates the windowline from the tailgate panel. Expect dual-tone colour options as before. 

The Grand i10 Nios also gets a fresh set of 15-inch machine-cut alloy wheels that look more elaborately styled than the units offered on the current-gen model.

The C-pillar on the new Hyundai Grand i10 Nios also features a cool graphic that reads G-i10.

Interior

The Grand i10 Nios gets an all-new interior when compared to the second-gen model. It gets new seats, new grey dual tone upholstery, steering wheel and dashboard.

The infotainment system is now housed within a freestanding display that is integrated into the housing of the instrument cluster, similar to that seen on the Kia Seltos. The current model’s screen is integrated flat into the centre of the dashboard.

Hyundai has fitted the Nios with a large 5.3-inch multi-information display inside the new instrument cluster layout with a digital speedometer. The older Grand i10’s instrument cluster has the speedometer taking up most of the central space, flanked by the tachometer and fuel and engine temperature readings. 

The new touchscreen display is the same 8-inch unit that is offered on the Venue. Unlike the Venue, the infotainment system’s screen is flanked by buttons and dials for controlling some of the functions. The second-gen Grand i10’s 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits flush in the centre of the dashboard with physical controls below it.

The steering wheel is similar to the one seen on the Kona Electric with a new layout for the steering mounted controls.

With the positioning of the new infotainment system, the central round-shaped air vents are no longer there. Instead the central vents are now rectangular in shape and sit under the infotainment display. The controls for the auto AC are positioned at the same spot as the second-gen Grand i10 but feature a new layout.

The round air vents in the corners have been given a turbine-like design similar to what we’ve seen on the 2019 Santro. The passenger side of the dashboard now gets a small storage shelf above the glove compartment and a wavy hexagonal design.

The Grand i10 Nios gets a dual-tone black and grey interior as standard instead of the black and beige interior offered on the current model. It also gets new door pads with a different pattern and new door handles too.

It is also equipped with a wireless charging pad behind the gear shifter that isn’t offered on the current Grand i10. There’s even a power outlet and USB ports.

The rear seat continues to miss out on a middle seat headrest or a fold-out armrst or even split folding.

Hyundai has updated the rear AC vent design on the new Nios as well.

The boot capacity has gone up to 260 litres on the Nios from 256 litres offered on the second-gen Grand i10.

Engines

Hyundai will be offering the Grand i10 Nios with the same engines as the second-gen Grand i10. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is currently tuned to produce 83PS and 113Nm while mated to a 5-speed manual. This engine is also offered in the CNG variant. The current Grand i10 also offers the option of a 4-speed AT with the petrol engine, which will be replaced by an AMT on the Nios.

The 1.2-litre diesel engine that was introduced on the Grand i10 facelift is also mated to a 5-speed manual and produces 75PS and 190Nm. Although it doesn’t get an automatic variant, the Nios diesel will get an AMT option. Hyundai is expected to update both engines for upcoming BS6 emission regulations

Prices

The new Hyundai Grand i10  Nios is priced between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India) while the older model was priced between Rs 4.98 lakh to Rs 7.63 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Since the current Grand i10 is on sale alongside it, but Hyundai has discontinued some its top variants, automatic option and the diesel engine offering altogether.

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