Hyundai is set to launch the new generation Grand i10 in India on 20 August 2019. An online report now claims that the Grand i10’s new model will feature AMT-type automatic transmission. Until now, the Grand i10 petrol is available with a torque converter automatic transmission only.
The only other Hyundai car in India that gets an AMT is the Santro, which was launched in 2018. Like the Santro, expect the Grand i10 to also feature a 5-speed AMT. The gearbox is expected to be on offer only on the petrol version of the car, and not on diesel. Unlike Maruti Suzuki, which has plans to not offer a BS6 diesel engine on any car in the future, Hyundai will upgrade its existing diesel engines to meet the stricter emission norms.
The current Grand i10 is equipped with automatic transmission in 2 variants -- Magna and Sportz. It is being speculated that the new model will also feature AMT in two variants only. Variant details of the upcoming model are yet to be disclosed by Hyundai.
The new-gen Grand i10 is likely to feature the existing duo of 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines. Hyundai is rumoured to add the Venue’s 1.0-litre petrol engine to the Grand i10 range as well. It is also expected to get a factory-fitted CNG powertrain in due course of time.
The Grand i10 will continue to rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift and Ford Figo in India. While the new model is expected to start from around the same price as the existing model (Rs 4.98 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi), expect the top-spec Grand i10 to get a significant price hike because the new model is expected to be richer as far as its features are concerned, and we already know that it will feature connected car tech as well. Price of the current generation Grand i10 tops at Rs 7.63 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.