The Hyundai Grand i10 has been a major success for the Korean automaker. With its fluidic design, 1.1-litre diesel engine and many first-in-segment features, the compact hatchback has rewritten the rules of the game. Now, however, Hyundai it seems, wants to take it a level further and is expected to launch a Grand i10-based sedan. The car has already been spotted testing on multiple occasions outside of Chennai and will be unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo.
The Hyundai Grand i10 sedan is expected to have a similar design as the hatchback and will look different only from the C-Pillar onwards. The rear end is expected to take design features from the much larger Verna but will have much in common with the hatchback otherwise.
The interiors are expected to be exactly the same as the hatchback, right down to the feature list. It will however, have a larger rear seat thanks to the extended rear space. Given that Hyundai makes its vehicles with the intention of utility we can expect 60:40 spilt rear seats too.
The Grand i10 sedan is expected to share many of its internal components with the hatchback including its 1.2-litre Kappa engine that produces 81bhp and 114Nm of torque. The diesel on the other hand is expected to be the 1.4-litre unit from the i20 that produces 89bhp and 219Nm of torque. The transmission options should get quite interesting- the petrol will get the five-speed manual and four AT while the diesel will be powered by a six-speed manual.
The Grand i10 Sedan is expected to be unveiled on February 4, around the time of the Auto Expo. Hyundai seems to want to cash in on the success of the sub-four-metre sedans. Introducing the Automatic gearbox will offer urban-users a lucrative option to rival the likes of Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze, which are also available with automatic variants. The sedan will bridge the gap between the Verna and the i20 in the Hyundai line-up.