Hyundai's Next Generation i10 hatch and sedan in the works.
The next generation Hyundai i10 has already been caught testing with heavy camouflage near Chennai. The new i10 will be premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show held in September 2013 and is likely to be launched soon in India. The interesting news is that, the next generation i10 will also come with a compact sedan version which will be placed between i10 and i20 hatchbacks.
Hyundai Assan (JV between Hyundai and Turkey’s Kibar Holding) has confirmed that a compact sedan will be made using the next generation i10’s platform. So expect the Hyundai i10 compact sedan to be launched soon after the hatchback.
The highlight of next generation i10 is the 3 cylinder 1.1L diesel engine. The 1.1L diesel engine is the scaled down version of 1.4L diesel currently powering the i20 diesel hatchback. Hyundai might add a turbocharger and bring it in the Hyundai i10 compact sedan. As it is a compact sedan, it will be less than 4000 mm in length, the trend seen currently in Indian market.
Hyundai is investing $300 million at its Chennai plant to set up a flexible engine plant and new press shop facility. The new 1.1L diesel engine will be produced here and exported to Africa and South Eastern markets. Currently Hyundai manufactures its petrol engine at the Chennai plant and the diesel engines are imported from South Korea.
Apart from the diesel engine, the next generation i10 will feature a powerful petrol engine. The 1.0 litre TCI engine (unveiled at Hyundai’s power train conference in South Korea last October) produces 105 bhp and 137 Nm and is very likely to be ducked under new i10’s hood.