The Hyundai Grand i10 has been making ripples since it launched on September 3; first for being the smallest diesel to be sold in the country and then for getting 10, 000 bookings within 20 days of being launched. It is expected to take up another important and till date unoccupied seat in the Indian Lok Sabha of motoring; a diesel automatic sub Rs 10 lakh vehicle.
The Hyundai Grand i10 diesel will be powered by the 1.1-litre oil burner which produces 70bhp and 160Nm of torque. The engine will make use of the same four-speed automatic gearbox that is used in the AT diesel version of the Verna sedan.
BS Motoring, who have broken the news, say that the diesel AT version of the Grand i10 has been tuned to have a flat torque delivery and gear ratios that will suit the delivery. However, this is still speculation and is something we can only confirm when the car is unveiled and test driven by us.
Much like the AT options that were offered with the previous generation i10, we expect that this option will only be available in the Asta variant and will be priced below Rs 8 lakh. The existence of the diesel AT variant also means that the petrol AT version of the Grand i0 will be launched at the same time as well. Ideally such a move is also expected to make the competition start offering the same in their line-up very soon.
Source: BS Motoring FB page