Hyundai is planning a double attack on its rivals. In September 2013 the automaker is expected to launch a grander version of its small car i10. The car, called as Grand i10, is based on a new platform, out of which will grow a new i10 for the European market. While the new i10 will be showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in India, Grand i10 will add to Hyundai’s existing car range. Expected to be positioned between the i10 and the i20, Grand i10 has a wheelbase longer than the i10 by 100mm. Flaunting a mature appearance rather than being a bit over-the-top, like the Eon’s styling, the longer wheelbase has resulted in more space inside. The interiors are said to be plusher than the i10, and the overall feel, of a car that is more upmarket. Loaded with features like airbags, powered mirrors with built-in side indicators, climate control and more. With an appearance that incorporates Hyundai’s ‘fluidic’ design language, Grand i10 is expected to be costlier than the i10 by a fair margin, presenting Hyundai loyalists as well as small car buyers to opt for a car that offers more. Not satisfied with Grand i10, the Korean automaker is also said to be developing a compact sedan based on the same platform. The new sedan is expected to measure under 4 meters in length, and comply with other technical requirements that would help the car attract lower excise duty. Expected to pull those buyers that earlier aligned with the Accent, the compact sedan is expected to be powered by Hyundai’s 1.2-litre Kappa petrol engine, and a new diesel engine. Hyundai’s engineering design centre at Hyderabad is said to have had a major role in the development of Grand i10, and is also playing a major role in the development of the compact sedan. Expected to be launched early next year, the compact sedan will compete against the likes of Maruti Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze.
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