Hyundai Motor India Ltd., the second largest car manufacturer in the subcontinent, recently launched a new model of their highly successful i10 called the Grand i10 and now, a variant of the same equipped with an automatic transmission has been launched.
The Hyundai Grand i10 was launched in September and has received over 20,000 bookings till date and is among the top 5 best selling models in India. The automatic variant of the Grand i10 will only be sold on the 1.2 litre Kappa petrol model. For now. Hyundai is also said to bring an automatic version of the diesel variant which if launched will occupy a huge space all to itself.
The gearbox itself is a 4 speed version equipped with a torque convertor and a solenoid valve for quick gearshifts and a smooth ride quality. The 1.2 litre Kappa petrol motor is made entirely out of aluminium for higher efficiency and produces 82 bhp of power and 11.6 Kgm @ 4,000 RPM of torque. Now automatic gearbox is said to lower efficiency but despite that the car still manages to return an ARAI certified fuel economy figure of 16.7 kmpl.
Mr. Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Hyundai Motor India Ltd., commented on the launch of the Grand i10 automatic saying, “We have launched the Grand in September this year and it has been extremely well received. We have conducted many product clinics and due to positive customer feedback the automatic transmission in Grand is introduced. The Grand automatic transmission further improves our value proposition offering smooth and effortless driving for customers. This will enhance the Modern, Sporty, Trendy and Progressive Styling of Hyundai brand in compact segment.”
The Grand i10 automatic is available in 2 variants and the prices (ex-showroom, New Delhi) are listed below –
Grand i10 Sportz AT – Rs. 5,64,852
Grand i10 Asta AT – Rs. 5,92,001
For those looking for ease of use the automatic represents a great choice and the competition comes from the Honda Brio Automatic.