Now Hyundai is getting ready to bring the i10 diesel variant in India. Hyundai i10 model has already created history by clocking 100,000 sales figures in record time and the fastest 3 lakh sales since its launch in October 31, 2007. Out of the first three lakh cars sold, 1.44 lakh were sold in the domestic market and 1.56 lakh were sold in the overseas markets. The company has also launched the car in the Nigerian market.
The diesel variant is expected early next year and is likely to be fitted with 1.1L CRDi engine. Customers can expect the car to be priced at least 15-20 percent higher than its petrol version. The 1.1L engine will qualify the car for small car excise norms which is also tweaked for better fuel efficiency and improved drivability. The higher torque of the engine is geared to deliver the best driving experience amongst all diesel cars in the segment.
According to anonymous sources quoted in one of the English dailies, the company is planning to invest Rs. 500 crore at its Sriperumbudur plant to install a new engine plant with a capacity of producing at least 100,000 engines.