Hyundai, the South Korean auto maker, has been really successful in the Indian car market. It is the only firm in the country that has provided Maruti Suzuki a stiff competition in the passenger car segment. A lot of industry experts feel that the biggest reason for the success of Hyundai has been its line-up of hatchbacks. The hatchback segment of the Indian market is currently dominated by Maruti Suzuki, which produces models like Alto 800, Swift, WagonR, A-Star and Stingray. However, Hyundai's cars in this segment have also done well, registering tremendous sales figures. i10 is, by far, Hyundai's best selling hatchback and has helped the firm to maintain a stronghold in the market. Compact, stylish and suitable for city roads, i10 has captured the imagination of buyers in the market and got appreciation from critics as well. According to reports, Hyundai India is planning to introduce the facelift version of i10 in the near future.
Nothing has been confirmed by officials from the South Korean firm although there are strong rumours regarding the launch of facelift Hyundai i10. Some experts feel that the if Hyundai introduces i10 facelift in the near future, it would be quite surprising. The biggest reason for this is that the company recently introduced Grand i10 in the month of September. Grand i10, slotted between the current generation i10 and i20 hatchbacks, has received a tremendous response from buyers and critics. In fact, the launch of Grand i10 has considerably improved the performance of Hyundai in the Indian market, despite challenging conditions. In times like these, it would not be considered wise to launch facelift version of the hatchback. Analysts feel that the new i10 might cannibalise the sales of Grand i10 or vice-versa could happen as well. However, Hyundai is likely to go ahead with the launch, something that has triggered direct comparisons between facelift i10 and Grand i10.
Sources claim that facelift i10, when launched in India, will replace the current generation version of the hatchback that is on sale in the country. It is being said that the Hyundai i10 is going to get a change in its exteriors and interiors, which will make it look much more attractive. Some of the proposed modifications in the new i10 include an improved front bumper, large radiator grille, reworked headlights, edgy running creases and new alloy wheels. Interiors of the facelift i10 are going to be tweaked a little bit by adding some technology and comfort features. While the styling changes in i10 facelift are really less, the Grand i10 is a completely new car that has a design different from previous generation models of i10. In addition, the Grand i10 will be slotted above the current generation i10, which means that the former will be better in terms of interiors.
As far as specifications are concerned, i10 facelift is going to carry forward the same attributes that exist in the current version. Facelift version of i10, like the existing model, will come in two engine variants, both being petrol. One variant will be equipped with a iRDE2 1.1-litre SOHC engine, which produces a power of around 67 bhp and peak torque of around 99 Nm. The other version of i10 facelift is likely to be fitted with a 1.2-litre Kappa 2 engine that churns out around 78 bhp and highest torque of approximately 111 Nm. Grand i10, on the other hand, comes in both, diesel and petrol, engine options, which gives customers a wider ranges of choices. The biggest USP of i10 Grand is that it comes in a diesel variant, which has been priced quite aggressively. Industry experts feel that Grand i10 and facelift i10 are going to be quite different from each other.
Reports have surfaced recently, which claim that i10 facelift might make its way in the Indian car market by the first half of 2014. If this happens, things can shape up well for both i10 facelift and Grand i10. While the Grand i10 is catering to buyers who can shell out a little more, i10 facelift will target price sensitive domestic buyers.