Hyundai Grand i10 Nios production has started in India ahead of the car’s launch slated for 20 August 2019. The Grand i10 Nios will be the new generation of the i10 hatchback series, although Hyundai has plans to keep both the Grand i10 and Grand i10 Nios brands alive together. The Grand i10 Nios will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options, and bookings for the hatchback are now open.
Unlike the Grand i10, which is available with a torque-converter type automatic transmission with the petrol engine and a manual transmission with the diesel, the Nios will be available with an AMT with both the gearbox options. This is the first time that Hyundai will offer an AMT with a diesel engine, and Nios is the second Hyundai car after Santro to get an AMT.
At the time of opening pre-launch bookings for the Nios, Hyundai revealed its variant list and exterior colour options. The petrol Nios will be available with Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta variants. AMT will be on offer with the 1.2-litre petrol engine in Kappa and Sportz variants only. The Sportz variant will also be available in dual-tone exterior combination, but with the manual version only.
The Nios diesel will be available with a manual transmission in Magna and Asta variants while diesel-AMT powertrain will be available in Sportz variant only. There will be six exterior colour options on offer on the Nios in the Sportz and Asta variants. These are red, white, silver, gray, teal and blue. The blue colour will not be available in the Magna variant, and the base Era variant will be available with just white, silver and gray exterior colour options. The dual-tone Nios will be available with a black contrast roof with just the white and teal colours.
While Hyundai has not fully revealed the specifications of the Nios, it is likely to come equipped with the same 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines on offer on the existing Grand i10. The carmaker is expected to offer these engines in BS6 avatar. Booking amount for the Nios is set at Rs 11,000. It will rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Ford Figo in India.