Indian automobile market is getting a few car models, especially in the hatchback segment. Now the latest entry into this segment is the new Hyundai Grand i10 series and it is placed in between the existing Hyundai i20 and Hyundai i10 hatchback models. The company introduced this hatchback model in both petrol and diesel engine options with several trim levels for the buyers to choose from. Among the diesel variants, the Hyundai Grand i10 CRDi Sportz is the mid range variant that is powered by an advanced 1.1-litre second generation U2 diesel mill. This engine is now considered as one of the most fuel efficient diesel engines available in the automobile markets as it has the ability to return a maximum 24 Kmpl of mileage. This is going to be an added advantage for this new hatchback and it is believed to be a game changer for the company in Indian automobile market. This four wheeler is slightly bigger than the existing Hyundai i10 model and comes with a lot of cabin space. As far as the comforts are concerned, this hatchback is blessed with array of features including a powerful air conditioner, premium fabric upholstery, chrome tipped gear knob and parking lever, rear AC vents, a cooled glove box and much more. Also there are advanced safety features incorporated to this new hatchback model, which will assure protection for both car and passengers.
The exterior design and appearance of the new Hyundai Grand i10 looks very sleek and aggressive with a lot of sporty elements on its front facade. This is another fascinating hatchback designed by the South Korean auto giant for Indian markets. If we just take a close look at its front facade, you will find the design elements of Hyundai i20 model. The company has well crafted the headlight clusters and made it look expressive and bolder . These headlight clusters incorporates powerful headlamps and turn indicators and surround the chrome radiator grille on top of the hood. The prominent company logo has been garnished in chrome and it has been fitted just in the middle of the radiator grille. The bottom of its front facade comes fitted with a body colored bumper, which is crafted with a large hexagonal air dam and dynamic round shaped fog lamps. The side profile is very simple with body colored ORVMs and door handles along with waistline moldings. The company has fitted 14 inch steel wheels to the wheel arches and covered it with full wheel caps. The rear profile of this hatchback is very beautiful with an expressive bumper, a boot lid and a large windshield. While the taillight cluster are also looking stylish and adding beauty to the hatch.
The interior cabin section of the new Hyundai Grand i10 model series is very elegant and plush like any of the Hyundai models. The company has used the interior design elements of the existing Hyundai i10 model and given it a dual toned look. The interior cabin section comes with beige and black color combination upholstery that adds a pleasant look inside the cabin . The elegance and plushness inside the cabin is further enhanced by the blue interior illumination. The design of the dashboard is very stylish and it is equipped with several comfort features including an air conditioner along with a heater, a 2-DIN music system with speakers and a number of other features. The company obtained a chrome finish on the gear knob, parking lever, while obtaining metallic finish on the inside door handles. This will add to the richness inside of the cabin and avails a pleasant feel to the occupants inside. Furthermore, there is a stylish instrument cluster that incorporates several warning and indicator lights along with a bright multi-information display and a tachometer.
Engine and Performance:
As far as the engine design and the specifications are concerned, this all new Hyundai Grand i10 CRDi Sportz mid range trim has been blessed by one of the most affordable engine ever designed by the company. This is the second generation U2, 1.1-litre CRDi diesel engine that has the displacement capacity of about 1120cc . This diesel mill has been incorporated with 3-cylinders and 12-valves that unleashes a power of about 70bhp at 4000rpm, while yielding 160Nm of superior torque between just 1500rpm to 2750rpm. The company has skillfully coupled this diesel mill with a 5-speed manual gearbox that distributes the engine power to front wheels and returns a maximum mileage of about 24 Kmpl, which is truly remarkable.
Braking and Handling:
Coming to the braking and handling aspects, this mid range variant of Hyundai Grand i10 model series is bestowed with superior mechanism that assures full control over the hatch. The front wheels have been fitted with discs, while the rear wheels are bestowed with drum brakes . On the other hand, McPherson Strut type of suspension system has been fitted to the front axle, while the rear axle has a coupled torsion beam suspension system. This suspension mechanism is further enhanced by gas type shock absorbers for enhanced drive comforts and drive dynamics.
When it comes to the comfort aspects, the company has given this trim some very impressive aspects. The company assures utility based comfort aspects to the occupants of this premium hatch by incorporating some very interesting options. The list of these comfort features include an air conditioner with heater, an electric power steering system, a rear AC vent, premium fabric upholstery , power windows with driver side auto down function, tinted glass, electrically adjustable external wing mirrors, a front passenger seat back pocket, front and rear door map pockets and several other features. This hatchback also offered with a 2-DIN music player with USB, AUX-In support that keeps you entertained all the time.
There are some of the technically advanced and sophisticated safety functions have been incorporated to this premium hatchback model. The list of features include an engine immobilizer system, front fog lamps, a central locking system, a smart key less entry , a reverse parking sensor, day and night rear view mirror and so on. On the other hand, the company has built a strong and a rigid body that can protect the passengers from minor damage.
Pros: Good fuel efficiency, engine performance is decent, comfort features are satisfactory.
Cons: No alloy wheels, no ABS and no air bags.
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