What's New in the New Hyundai i10?

By Deepthi Alvares

A while ago the first images of the new face-lifted Hyundai i10 were out on the Internet. It was just the front fascia that was visible at the time. With time, more images were out on the Internet and more details are out too. The car is yet to be unveiled globally at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and India has been lucky enough to get the car even before that. In this article let's see what's really new in the new Hyundai i10.

Most of the changes that the new car flaunts appearance wise lie in the front fascia, and that may be the main reason why just the frontal view of the car was captured the first time. The new car makes use of what Hyundai calls the new fluidic sculpture design. The new Hyundai i10 flaunts an all-new hexagonal grille. The earlier version carried a clean-cut radiator grille that had the Hyundai logo hanging in the centre from the chrome strip on top. The new i10 has the Hyundai signature logo right in the centre with chrome strips on either side making them look like two wings.

The next major change in the front fascia is the new headlamp cluster. These make the car look real aggressive. They also make the new i10 look bulky. Long headlamps have been positioned on the two sides and they magnificently and sharply sweep backward. On the whole, the Hyundai looks like an angry little monster. No significant changes, however, are visible in the car's rear. It's just the rear bumper and tail lights that have been given slight touches to look a little different. That's about the exteriors.

On the inside, the new i10 gets a new instrument cluster. Digital dials replace the analogue fuel level and engine temperature indicators. The only other change visible at the moment in the interiors is the new colour theme. The new i10 gets a new 1.2-litre Kappa engine with Variable Valve Timing Technology or VTVT engine that has been tweaked to deliver better mileage figures with lower emissions. The engine will offer quick response at low speed too. However strict the emission rules are, the i10 seems to be compliant, thanks to the new engine the company claims is the most advanced 1.2-litre motor in the country.

As for the price, the new face-lifted Hyundai i10 may cost around Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 more. The older version of the Hyundai i10 ranges from Rs. 3,44,144 and climbs as high as Rs. 5,56,553 (ex-showroom prices).

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