Hyundai has taken the wraps off its new European-spec i10 ahead of the third-generation entry-level hatchback’s debut at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
Of course, the new Grand i10 Nios – which is likely the variant destined for South Africa – was unveiled in India in August.
So, what about this fresh-faced Euro-spec version? Well, besides the updated design, the Korean firm says the newcomer features “comprehensive connectivity” and an “advanced safety package”.
The new i10 is some 20 mm wider than its predecessor, while its roof is 20 mm closer to the ground. Hyundai claims the luggage compartment can swallow 252 litres, while the boot’s loading lip is 29 mm lower than before. In Europe, Hyundai will offer newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels as an option.
At launch, two naturally aspirated petrol engine options will be offered: a 1,0-litre three-cylinder with 49 kW and 96 N.m torque, as well as a 1,2-litre four-cylinder with 62 kW and 118 N.m. A five-speed manual gearbox and an automated manual transmission with the same number of cogs will be available with both engines.
Inside, Hyundai claims there’s a feeling of “extra width” since the air-vents protrude into the doortrim. The facia, meanwhile, gains a 3D honeycomb pattern that is repeated on the door panels. The new i10 furthermore features an extra open storage compartment above the cubby hole.
The automaker says the new i10’s eight-inch colour touchscreen is the “largest in the A-segment”, and boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless smartphone charging is also offered, while the optional navigation system in Europe includes a subscription to Hyundai Live Services, which offer real-time traffic and weather conditions.
Safety features on models offered on the Old Continent include forward collision-avoidance assist, high-beam assist, lane keep assist system, driver attention warning and the intelligent speed limit warning.