Ranked amongst one of the top-selling cars for Hyundai in India as well as overseas, the i10 has been no less than a grand success for the Korean carmaker. However, it has been around in pretty much the same shape for half a decade now and is starting to feel its age in the wake of newer rivals.
The facelifted i10, launched in 2011, managed to amplify its appeal but did little to bring it in line with Hyundai’s latest trend in design. Which is why in order to rejuvenate its popular small car; Hyundai is readying the next generation model which is to be launched next year. Unlike the facelift model, the new i10 will get a full treatment of Hyundai’s signature Fluidic design language seen on some of its latest siblings.
It isn't the first time the next-gen i10 has been spied on test. In fact, the car was first caught testing last month. The prototypes recently spied on test in Chennai plainly show that the next-gen model will not just be a makeover as the cars do appear to boast bigger dimensions. The front-end features a redesigned bumper with sweptback headlamps. While at the back, the heavy camouflage show little though it will be safe to say that the new i10 will feature more than just a mild update.
Apart from an all new design, the next-gen i10 will also receive major update in the form of an all-new diesel engine. Displacing just 1.1-litre, the engine (when put into production) will be the smallest diesel engine in Hyundai’s range. There’s also a new 3-cylinder, 1-litre petrol engine being developed based on the larger 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder Kappa unit. This new engine is expected to offer more power and torque despite its smaller capacity.
The next-gen i10 is expected to make its debut in 2013 followed by launch later during the year.
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