Since its launch in 2014, i10 has been that popular car which won the hearts of millions across the nation. With a commendable increase in sales volume, the Grand i10 managed to maintain the momentum even without any changes on its overall appearance. But when Hyundai decided to give it a facelift and premiered it at the Paris Motor Show 2016, the wait for its Indian launch naturally began.
Hyundai Grand i10 is likely to be named Hyundai Grand i10 Prime as per reports. This well liked hatchback, on its facelift version seems to be loaded with few striking features on its exteriors and interiors. On the front there is the wide hexagonal grille followed by a prominent bonnet, redesigned bumper and headlamps with LED daytime running lamps while on the rear, the bumper, tailgate and fog lamps provides a sporty look. The 14 inch alloy wheels and rear spoilers with brake light are all new features to this cool city car.
Interiors host a plethora of features beginning with a dual tone dashboard, new upholstery, touch screen infotainment system, start/stop button, updated centre console, electrically operated external mirrors, rear AC vents and so on.
The new Grand i10 is available in both petrol and diesel trims with the existing 1.2L 4-cylinder Kappa petrol engine and 1.1L 3-cylinderiRDE diesel engine. Both engines are merged with 5- speed manual gearbox while the Petrol trim alone comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission variant as well.
Safety features include airbags as standard with ABS likely to be added along. There are also reports that the facelift version includes two new safety technologies introduced as Lane Departure Warning System and Forward Collision Warning System as part of the Driver Assist Pack but whether the India spec new i10 will have the above two is unsure. The Grand i10 Facelift/Prime however they call it, is expected to be launched before April 2017 and is likely to be priced in the Rs.5-7 lakh range. India is likely to witness tough competition once again between Hyundai and Maruti in the coming days with the latter about to launch Ignis and Swift 2017.
Indian Government is on the move to curb pollution levels in the country taking measures at various levels. The latest one to hear is the mandatory requirement of a valid PUC (Pollution under Control) certificate for insurance renewal. The Honourable Supreme Court under a bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta released an order stating that all vehicles in the Delhi-NCR should have a valid PUC certificate to get the insurance renewed annually.
The most anticipated SUV of the year, Jeep Compass was officially launched in India on July 31st 2017. Being a locally assembled SUV from Jeep was one of the reasons that paved way for excitement towards this launch. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had launched two vehicles from the same brand last year, but with a heavy price owing to the fact that they reached India through the CBU route. As a result, these vehicles did not fare well in the Indian market. This was when the company announced its decision to locally manufacture an SUV for retailing not just in India, but also exporting to all right hand drive markets. Now, the wait has come to an end and Jeep Compass rolls out with an affordable price tag with all components of a premium SUV.
• Maruti Suzuki Ignis to be launched on 13th January 2017
• Addressed as a premium urban crossover, Ignis comes with a lot of unique features for the Indian specific model
• Available in both Petrol and Diesel trims and expected to be priced around Rs.5-7 lakh approximately
Hindustan Motors has signed an agreement with Peugeot, selling Ambassador Brand and certain related rights at a sum of Rs.80 crore. It also said that the proceeds of the sale will be used to clear all pending dues of employees and lenders.
Maruti Suzuki has launched the New Swift 2017 in Japan and it is just months away to the Indian launch. It is expected to reach India in the second half of 2017 and there has been some real buzz about it for quite some time now.
The unique and most loved car since 2005 has chosen a new avatar for the 2017 launch and is being awaited by the enthusiasts all over.
Honda WR-V (Winsome Runabout Vehicle), the sub compact crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Now, Honda is about to launch the same here in the country on March 16th, 2017. As WR-V rolls here, India will earn the name for being the first country to produce and launch it in the world. Previously named as the Jazz Twist, this crossover is based on the company’s best seller Honda Jazz but is slightly longer and taller than the latter.