Hyundai i10 Asta 1.2 Kappa2 - Design Review
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Design Review of Hyundai i10 Asta 1.2 Kappa2
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Hyundai applies its fluid design to the change the i10's face
Whether or not at war, an army needs to keep honing its skills to be prepared for its enemy. But when you are already a formidable warrior in an intense battle, the need to upgrade those skills increases ten fold. For Hyundai, the i10 has been one such soldier that’s giving its competition sleepless nights ever since it came out in 2007. But for the battle of sorts that the small-car segment in India is, the i10 is back with a new face, a better engine and host of new features that aim to shame cars are a segment above it. Lets find out if the upgrade is worth new price tag that Hyundai i10 Kappa2 commands…
Hyundai has adopted a new design philosophy called the ‘fluidic sculpture’, which takes inspiration from the dynamic motion showcased by fluids. Simply put, its Hyundai speak for flowing organic lines that extend all the way from the headlamps and body panels to the tail lamps and interiors of all their new cars. So far, its looks good and works well too, but it won’t be long before it reaches a saturation point like most new Volkswagens.
Unlike Hyundai’s overtly ‘fluid’ flagship i40, the i10 Kappa 2 maintains the successful silhouette and body lines of the original i10 and gets a tiny bite of the fluidic sculpture philosophy with redesigned headlights, taillights and bumpers. The front fascia gets the large hexagonal radiator / air-dam which is the familial face for all new Hyundais. The bumpers get a generous dose of organic lines and incorporate quadrilateral fog lamps (replaced with black shrouds on the lower variants).
The drab tail end of the i10 gets replaced with fresher looking taillights and the new bumper that integrates the in-your-face reflectors. The familiar roof spoiler, rear wiper and boot handle with the ‘H’ logo remain pretty much unchanged. There are body coloured rub strips all around even on the lower end variants and side mounted turn blinkers have found a new home on the ORVMs. Overall the new design makes the i10 look fresh and aggressive and still manages the car to be identified as an ‘i10’ even on a passing glance.
First Published on 01:19 pm, April 29, 2011