|Source: Hyundai Motor Company.|
The Hyundai Motor Company has launched the Grand i10 across the GCC. The car is positioned at those in their early 20s or 30s who are looking for comfort, convenience and safety, and comes in the hatchback and sedan body styles and two different trim levels – GL and GLS, with prices starting at US$10,000.
According to Hyundai, the Grand i10 recorded sales of over 5,400 units in its first six months in Lebanon, where it was launched in April 2014. Tom Lee, Vice President and Head of Hyundai Africa and Middle East Regional Headquarters, said: “The Grand i10 has proven extremely popular with customers in other markets, and we are confident that economy-minded buyers in the GCC will also be attracted by its stylish looks, practicality and high levels of specification. This new model allows small car buyers the opportunity to enjoy the benefits that our ‘Modern Premium’ approach has previously delivered to owners of Hyundai mid-size, large and SUV models.”
With a longer wheelbase than the i10, resulting in more interior space, Hyundai’s new offering in the GCC provides a substantially roomier cabin than its key competitors, while the sedan version offers 407 litres of luggage space. On top of that the back seats in the hatchback fold down to provide extra cargo space when needed.
The Grand i10 is extremely aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.35, thanks to a lower overall height, engine undercover and aerodynamically shaped side mirrors. This low drag coefficient translates into a better fuel efficiency. Noise, vibration and harshness have also been reduced to minimal levels thanks to a resigned engine air intake, quieter fuel pump and improved body rigidity.
The Grand i10 boasts premium features such as a smart key, engine start button and, for added safety, a rear parking assist system. The hatchback model also offers Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management for improved vehicle stability. A generously-sized glovebox with cooling system provides extra storage. At the same time, AUX, IPOD, USB and Bluetooth connections offer a fast and easy way to stream your music. Audio and Bluetooth functions can all be controlled via the steering wheel buttons.
The Grand i10 will be available across the GCC with two different power unit options: a 1.0L MPI petrol engine producing a maximum 66 PS at 5,500rpm, and a 1.25L MPI petrol powerplant engine delivering up to 87 PS at 6,000rpm. The choice of gearbox is either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Both engines feature an all-aluminium construction to minimise weight and maximise fuel efficiency.