MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Introducing the new Hyundai i10.
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Hyundai unveiled its next-generation compact i10 city car at the Frankfurt motor show this week. Based on the pleasing consumer response to the first- and second-generation Hyundai superminis, this new car’s refreshed styling, improved efficiency and tech can only stand it in good stead for further success worldwide. The car pictured will be built in Europe but the i10 Grand currently sold in South Africa is an Indian-sourced product of course.
Longer, wider and 20 mm lower than before, the i10 has been developed with a renewed European focus; explaining its reveal in Frankfurt. Courtesy of hard work in the Korean firm’s European headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the once spartan image of the previous i10 is long gone when you see what the new model has to offer.
The new i10 has been given a more refined, modern design; foregoing the utilitarian, top-heavy shape it previously had. Hyundai calls its new styling ‘energetic and agile looking,’ with a frontend incorporating daytime running lights (DRLs), plenty of two-tone colour combinations, and special 14-inch alloy wheels with a patterned design. We think the company cribbed the new Ford Fiesta quite a bit on this one.
On the inside, the funkiness continues with a more textured look to the cabin, thanks to honeycomb-patterned dashboard inserts and colourful seat upholstery. A new eight-inch touchscreen is the largest in the A-segment and comes with all-important Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging.
The brand’s ‘SmartSense’ safety tech includes high-beam assist, lane-keeping assist and intelligent speed-limit warning, but this Eurocentric technology doubtless won’t be available on the SA-bound i10 Grands. What our cars will get, however, is loads of space; this i10 boasts 252 litres of boot volume with the rear seats in place and 1046 with them folded flat – beating out the Volkswagen Up.
The key to the Hyundai i10’s success has always been its compact dimensions to snaffle the tightest parking spots in the city; surprisingly good agility in urban driving to pounce on any gap; and good fuel economy to keep youngsters from spending all their hard-earned income on fuel.
The naturally aspirated engine options available in Europe are unchanged from before and include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with 48 kW/94 Nm of torque and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol with 64 kW/120 Nm of torque; paired to a five-speed manual or automatic transmission.
No official word yet on when an i10 Grand replacement will arrive in South Africa, but we peg it sometime early in 2020.