Unlock the five major differences between Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS and the Old Grand i10.
After much anticipation, the South Korean automaker has finally launched the new Hyundai Grand i10 Nios at Rs 4.99 lakh, ex-showroom India (Launch report). The hatchback continues to be offered with both the petrol and diesel engine options along with manual as well as automatic transmissions.
So what has really changed in the new Hyundai Grand i10 Nios? Let’s delve into more details.
Well, the biggest distinguishing factor between the two is the exterior appearance of the new Grand i10 Nios. It looks sportier and in sync with the latest design philosophy of Hyundai. It gets the cascading grille with boomerang-shaped LED DRLs affixed at top two corners of the grille, unlike the older one which had them tucked in bumpers. The Nios gets projector headlamps as well as fog lamps whereas the previous-gen Grand i10 only features halogens.
Sides almost remain unchanged except for the blackened C-pillar with ‘G i10’ engraved and deep contours extending from headlamps and tail lamps towards the centre. The third-gen also gets bigger 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels compared to the 14-inchers in the second-gen version.
It isn’t a regular ‘soft generation’ upgrade in the Nios. The new-gen looks and feels fresh. Even the rear gets a sportier dose with strong crease joining the tail lamps on either sides with ‘Nios’ sitting in the centre below the Hyundai logo. Brake lights now swap places with reversing lights and indicators. The rear bumpers too get revamped.
The cabin of the new Hyundai Grand i10 Nios is completed redesigned compared to the second-gen Grand i10. Instead of black and beige, the upholstery now features black and grey combo (seems they have worked on the feedback from customers).
The infotainment unit now gets a prominent place in the centre of the dash and shares the housing with the instrument cluster. The 8-inch touchscreen is the same as available in the Hyundai Venue.
The instrument cluster now goes digital with 5.3-inch multi-information display unit and a digital speedometer. The previous-gen model has a regular analogue unit with speedometer occupying most of the space in the centre.
The rounded AC vents on the centre console have changed their shape and position. They sit below the infotainment unit and in rectangular form. Even the side vents on the dashboard now feature turbine-like design (similar to the new Hyundai Santro). Just above the glove compartment, you get a small storage space which was absent in the old Grand i10.
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The space in the new Hyundai Grand i10 Nios has stretched by a good margin thanks to the considerable increase in its dimensions. The rear occupants now get more shoulder room and knee room. Moreover, there’s a slight rise in the boot space as well, which now stands at 260 litres – 4 litre more than the second-gen Grand i10.
The other way of identifying the new Hyundai Grand i10 Nios from a distance is the new shades. It now comes with three new colour options – Titan Grey, Alpha Blue and Aqua Teal. And not to mention, the Aqua Teal Dual tone, which looks really cool. The number of colour options remain the same i.e. 6, however, Star Dust, Flame Orange and Marina Blue are dropped.
Bye-bye old 4-speed AT, here comes the AMT
Finally, putting an end to the primitive 4-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai has now introduced the AMT (Automated Manual transmission) in the third generation Grand i10 Nios.
Though the engines remain the same, the 1.2-litre petrol is now BS6 compliant. Importantly, Hyundai will continue to retail the previous Grand i10 alongside the newer Grand i10 Nios – a pattern it followed with the first-gen i10 as well.
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