- Hyundai i10 gets ‘young and modern’ refinements
- Advanced active safety and connectivity
- Designed, developed, assembled in Europe
The next version of Hyundai’s smallest product available in South Africa, the i10 that was first seen in 2008, will be launched at the upcoming Paris auto show for launch in 2017.
It’s essentially a facelift since its predecessor was launched in 2013
The car, the automaker says, has been enhanced with new and advanced active safety and connectivity features from the segments above as well as design refinements, including the new signature ‘Cascading’ grille.
Tony Whitehorn, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, told The Corner in a media release: “The car showcases strong build quality and our passion for detail. This impressive package has made the i10 one of the best-selling cars in its class – a success story that is set to continue.”
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The car, Hyundai says, comes with design refinements that include the new grille “characterised by its curved and flowing line and will become the new family identity for Hyundai veicles”.
The i10 will be the first Hyundai to which it has been assigned.
There’s also a new bumper design and round diode daytime running lights and at the rear “an evolved” bumper and “refined materials” on the tail lights, new rear fog lights mirroring those at the front, and redesigned side mouldings.
Buyers (at least in the UK) will have a new style of 14″ steel or alloy wheel rims, those at the front guided by modified steering ratios.
Two petrol engines will continue to be available – a one-litre and a 1.2-litre – driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual or four-speed auto gearbox.
Also available is the latest connectivity features, each handled by a touch-screen handling Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The satnav comes with a paid seven-year subscription (in the UK) with traffic conditions, local weather and points of interest, and (where permitted by law) the location of speed cameras.
Front cameras can be specified for collision and lane-departure warnings. Other features include auto aircon, heatable steering-wheel and front seats. A driver and four passengers are catered for and the boot can take 252 litres of stuff.
Since its introduction in 2008 the i10 has been a major success story for Hyundai with around 670 000 units sold. That makes it one of the best-selling cars in this segment in recent years.
When the second-generation i10 was introduced in late 2013, the automaker says, “it became a European car – designed and developed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and assembled in Turkey.
The second-generation “with its young, modern design and dynamic drivability” has so far sold more than 220 000 units in three years.