With petrol getting more and more expensive by the day and diesel-powered cars becoming an endangered species, CNG has become a more feasible fuel option for the Indian buyer. With leading car manufacturers offering this cleaner, more affordable fuel option across its range of cars, the popularity of this fuel is going up by the day. The latest player to join the CNG bandwagon is Hyundai. India’s second largest car maker will now be selling CNG powered variant of the Grand i10 hatchback. With the Santro already offering a CNG kit from the factory, the Grand i10 becomes the second CNG powered vehicle in their lineup. Hyundai demands an extra INR 67,000 over the petrol powered variant, with the CNG equipped model selling for INR 6.39 Lakh.
Agreed, Hyundai did offer this hatchback with a CNG kit earlier as well but it was available only in the prime variant, which was only offered to fleet operators. Now the same kit will be offered only with the Magna variant of the hatchback, opening the CNG option to private buyers as well. The CNG powered variant uses the same 1.2-litre, 4-pot motor which powers the petrol variant. While when petrol is injected in the 4 cylinders, the car manages to generate 83 PS and 110 Nm, with the gas running through, the car experiences a drop in numbers. The CNG powered engine generates a modest 67 PS of power and 98 Nm of torque, a drop of 16 PS of power and 12 Nm of torque. This power is sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed gearbox.
Despite not being the top of the line model in the Grand i10 model range, the Magna still offers a number of features as standard. This includes roof rails, remote locking, Bluetooth audio system, steering mounted controls, rear AC vents, power windows all around and electrically adjustable ORVMs. Safety too has been given a high priority with dual airbags, ABS with EBD offered in this trim.
The current generation Grand i10, however, is now coming to the end of its life cycle now. Hyundai is already working on a new generation model of this hatchback, which was spied by one of our readers recently. Linked below is this spy video which reveals details like bigger dimensions and new alloy wheel design of the new generation model, do have a look.