South Korean auto-maker Hyundai is reportedly planning to launch the facelifted avatar of the Grand i10 in India this year. A report of MotorOctane says the Grand i10 facelift is likely to come by September 2016.
The Grand i10, the bestselling model of the company, was launched in India in 2013 and has been long rumoured to get a facelift in the country. Although there is no information about the changes in the facelifted avatar of the model, the latest report says the modifications are likely to be limited to minor styling updates and a few new features. While it is likely to carry over the same engine of the existing models, the Grand i10 facelift is also likely to get AMT (Automated Manual Transmission).
Previous reports had said Hyundai would get supply of the AMT box from Germany-based ZF Sachs. Currently, Maruti Suzuki, Tata and Mahindra sell AMT models in India and Renault's Kwid AMT is expected to join the line-up soon. Maruti, Mahindra and Tata get AMT boxes from Magneti Marelli.
Currently, Hyundai Grand i10 petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa engine that can churn out 82bhp and 116 Nm. The diesel model of the vehicle houses a 1.1-litre three cylinder U2 VGT motor engine that delivers 70bhp power and 163 Nm of torque. It is not sure which of these variants will get AMT in the facelifted avatar. According to the report, the Grand i10 facelift will see an increase in its current price tag by up to Rs. 5,000.