The Korean auto maker Hyundai has pulled the plug on all the variants of the i10 which were powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa 2 petrol engine. Not only the engine has been discontinued, they have also discontinued the top of the line Sportz and Asta variants which used the same engine. So basically, the i10 will now be available only with the 1.1 litre 4 cylinder iRDE engine and only in 3 variants. Even the i10 with the automatic transmission which was sold only in the top variants has been dropped.
We think this was bound to happen as the top end variants of the i10 were positioned dangerously close to the new Grand i10. Hence, to increase the price gap between the two models and to avoid cannibalization of sales, Hyundai India has come up with this strategy. Moreover, this would also mean that the engine production of the Kappa 2 can be focused on the i20 and the Grand.
Basically, the Grand i10 is the new generation i10, but as is the case with most manufacturers in India, Hyundai Motors India Ltd has decided to sell both gen models alongside each other.
The i10 will now come with only the 1.1 litre iRDE engine and 3 variants- base D-lite, Era and Magna.
The Hyundai Grand i10, on the other hand, is being powered by the 1.2-litre Kappa 2 engine and also a 1.1-litre, three cylinder diesel motor. Meanwhile, due to the discontinuation of the i10 automatic variant, Hyundai India could soon launch the Grand i10 with an automatic transmission.
Source : Overdrive