Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS to launch tomorrow.
Has a petrol AMT option.
Will rival the Suzuki Swift and occupy the space between the Grand i10 and Elite i20.
The Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS will be launched tomorrow, and a petrol AMT version has been spied at a dealer stockyard. This is interesting, because the Grand i10 offered an automatic only in the petrol version, and it was the same four-speed automatic gearbox offered in the Verna and i20. Hyundai has decided to offer AMT options in both petrol and diesel versions for the Grand i10 Nios.
The NIOS takes a step up the Hyundai ladder – it will occupy the space below the i20 in the Hyundai hierarchy, and will, therefore, compete with the Swift. It has increased in size compared to the Grand i10, being 40mm longer and 20mm wider. The wheelbase has increased by 25mm. This means more knee room and shoulder room compared to the Grand i10, which will fill the space below it.
The Grand i10 NIOS will offer petrol and diesel engine options, with the petrol being a 1.2-litre Kappa unit and the U2 1.2 litre diesel being the other option. The petrol will be BS Vl compliant from day 1, and the diesel will get an update when the new norms are implemented in April. Transmission options will consist of five-speed manual gearboxes and five-speed AMTs based on the same unit as the manuals, which should make the pricing for the automatics competitive. Hyundai claims industry-best fuel efficiency figures for the Grand i10 Nios.
Hyundai has a reputation for offering a lot of features as well, and the Nios will be no different. The top-spec versions will offer colour screens for the infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Suzuki Swift and Ford Figo will have their work cut out for them, come tomorrow.