Hyundai has launched the Grand i10 Nios in India with both petrol and diesel engine options. The Nios is powered by the same engines as the Grand i10, but it features an AMT with both the engines instead of a torque converter type automatic transmission that’s on offer with the Grand i10 petrol. The Grand i10 diesel, on the other hand, is available with a petrol engine only.
Now, Hyundai has plans to discontinue the Grand i10 diesel altogether as the carmaker has confirmed to V3Cars that it won’t upgrade the Grand i10 diesel to meet the BS6 emission norms. The confirmation comes from Puneet Anand, marketing head of Hyundai India. He said, “..we continue the Grand i10 as it is, and also give the Grand i10 Nios to the people who’re looking at something ahead of their life. So, the Grand i10 will continue in the petrol version. It will not have the BS6 diesel variant going forward, but it will get the BS6 petrol.”
Hyundai will also trim the variant count of the Grand i10 in order to restrict the cannibalisation between the Grand i10 and Nios. At present, four petrol-manual variants and one diesel variant of the Nios are priced really close to the Grand i10.