Hyundai has announced upgrades for its smallest city car. Since its debut in 2013, the Hyundai i10 has been quite successful and has sold over 200,000 units. The new upgrades are meant to make the model more attractive. The facelift adds new exterior features, new interior equipment as well as a host of awesome technologies not common in this segment. Read along to find out more about new 2017 Hyundai i10 :
2017 Hyundai i10 Exterior
The exterior of the i10 hatchback has been revised to feature a more emotional design. The front features a new grille which looks sportier. The automaker has replaced the previous trapezoidal grille for a “cascading grille” design. This grille is characterized by a wider top and narrow bottom; the grille also features new curved lines.
It is the first Hyundai model to feature this grille which will be used on other Hyundai models in future. The bumper is also revised. However, the headlights and the engine hood are unchanged from the outgoing model. However, the grille opening between the head lights is slimmer compared to the outgoing model. The hatch also features new LED DRLs on the edges of the new grille. The side vents have also been revised. The vents stretch towards the grille and they integrate smaller chrome-trimmed fog- lights.
At the rear, the bumper features a huge, black section at the center. The automaker has also added new fog-lights. The black theme of the bumper gives the small hatch a mature look to complement the front look. On the sides, the hatch features new moldings as well as a new set of 14-inch steel wheels. Alloy wheels are optional.
2017 Hyundai i10 Interior
The cabin looks largely unchanged. The biggest change in the cabin is the addition of a new 7-inch touch-screen mounted on the center of the dash. Buyers also have an option for new red cloth upholstery. Unlike the outgoing models, the blue and black interior color trim is available with all trims as opposed to the top trims only in the outgoing model.
While its interior styling is unchanged, the vehicle comes with a host of new technologies. In terms of connectivity, the i10 sits pretty at the top of the segment. In fact, it is the only model in its class that offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and LIVES Services as part of its infotainment system.
The LIVE Services are free for the first 7 years; it offers real time traffic updates, local weather and points of interest such as upcoming events, parking spaces available in close proximity of the vehicle among others. Other technologies include lane departure warning and front collision warning, features that are not common on such small vehicle again showing how much Hyundai has invested in the small hatch.
Optional features include heated front seats, automatic air conditioning and a heated steering wheel. The hatch also excels in terms of cabin space and features a segment-leading cargo space of 8.9 cubic feet.
Engine Specs and performance
The 2017 Hyundai i10 carries over with the similar power-trains from the outgoing models. The base unit is a 1.0 L, 3-cylinder engine which produces 66 hp and 70 lb-ft of torque. This engine can also be had with bi-fuel technology (mixes LPG and gasoline) for buyers looking for optimum fuel economy. With this, the engine produces 67 horses and 66 lb-ft of torque.
The top trim models will be powered by a 1.25 L, 4-cylinder engine which is capable of producing 87 hp and 88 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox; a 4-speed automatic transmission is offered as an option. The models are offered in front-wheel drive. The hatch is quite frugal with over 45 mpg fuel economy rating on the British testing cycle. EPA ratings are yet to be out but you can expect good ratings as well.
Price and release date
Hyundai had not released the official prices of the upgraded i10 as of this writing. Most certainly, the model will be more expensive than the outgoing one. Currently in the UK, the outgoing model fetches £7,995 equivalent to $10,500. Thus, a price of around £8,300 equivalent to $10,900 is a good guess for the new i10.
The 2017 Hyundai i10 will make an official debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. Sales will commence in the UK starting January next year.
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