There have been too many speculations online about the existence and launch of the Grand i10 diesel AT. There is ample literature available online right from a possible launch date to fundamental flaws that challenge the possibility of such a car. Now, thanks to Hyundai and a good bloke at Teambhp who owns a Grand i10 we have a snapshot of the owner’s manual which categorically talks about the diesel automatic.
The owner’s manual lists out the starting procedure for a diesel automatic variant; and it does not seem like an error as the stepwise process is quite exhaustive. The manual must have been printed considering all the variants of the car to save cost, but as is the case with most models in India they will be introduced in a phased manner. The petrol automatic is already on sale in the Sportz and Asta trim and we can expect a similar line-up for the oil burner.
The Grand i10 diesel automatic will get the same four-speed transmission that is coupled with all the entry-level models. The engine specs are not expected to change and it will derive power from the 1.1-litre three-cylinder mill putting out 70bhp and 160Nm.
It will be really interesting to see the performance of the small diesel automatic, especially since this will be the first of its kind. Equally important will be the pricing – we expect a difference of Rs 75,000 between the manual and automatic variants, which means the top-end will cost close to Rs 8 lakh. But looking at all the requests for a diesel automatic, we think it will still be a very competitive product.