Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hyundai's 2020 i10 Brings Full-Sized Tech Into Smallest Hatchback


Hyundai is showing off the smallest member of the family with the all-new i10. Designed, developed, and made with European sensibilities in mind, the i10 is global in its reach sold in markets such as India (as the Grand i10 Nios). And while small, Hyundai says it’s full-featured hence its tagline of, “Go Big.”

The 2020 i10 is certainly youthful and dynamic. Proportionally, it’s lower and wider than the previous model, emphasized further by the wide front grille, round LED DRLs, and horizontal creases at the back to break the soft surfaces of the hatch. The side uses triangular lines to emphasize width, while the X-shaped C-pillar contains a pillar-mounted logo.



Inside, it continues its youthful look by adding stuff like a honeycomb 3D pattern on the dashboard and protruding air vents. Nonetheless, designers have also imbued it with larger storage compartments as well as an extra open storage compartment above the glovebox.

For its powertrain, the i10 comes with two engine choices: a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder making 67 horsepower and 96 Nm of torque, and a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder with 84 horsepower and 118 Nm of torque. The transmission options are a 5-speed MT, and get this, a 5-speed AMT or automated manual transmission. Hyundai says this helps improve the i10’s efficiency thanks to its lighter weight and reduced friction. And for those who want to hypermile, a special ECO pack is also available and this comes with adjusted gear ratios, four seats (!), and miniscule 14-inch wheels.



In terms of safety, the all-new i10 receives the Hyundai SmartSense—a suite of active safety and driving assistance features that enable it to comply with the highest European safety standards. It has Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, High Beam Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning.

It remains to be seen whether Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) will sell the third-generation i10 in the Philippines. While the original i10 was well-received, the Grand i10 that followed didn’t have the same success. Having said that, HARI already sources products from India such as the all-new Accent.


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