Korean car maker Hyundai is reportedly planning to launch face-lifted version of the Grand i10 hatchback and Xcent compact sedan in early 2017. The India-spec face-lifted was caught testing in August under camouflage and only notable change in the test mule was newly designed alloy wheels.
Hyundai launched the Grand i10 and Xcent in 2013, and it has healthy sales. With the arrival of new rivals, an update to the i10 seems to be necessary to keep the product fresh. Hyundai recently unveiled the face-lifted version of the i10 for European market. India-spec version of the Grand i10 and Xcent will also sport many of the changes incorporated in the new i10 for Europe. Notable change in India-spec version will be increased wheelbase.
The new Grand i10 and Xcent will come with a new front grille which Hyundai calls as Cascading grille. The pattern of the grille will be the new identity for Hyundai models in the future. The cars will sport reworked front bumper and a set of new, round LED daytime running lights, positioned at the top edges of the grille. On the rear, both car models will get sportier bumper design with a dual-tone finish. Inside the cabin, the face-lifted Grand i10 and Xcent could get feature updates including a new touchscreen infotainment system.
Both vehicles in India could carry over the same engine of the existing models. Currently, Hyundai Grand i10 and Xcent petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre Kappa engine that can churn out 82bhp and 116 Nm. The diesel model of the vehicles houses a 1.1-litre three cylinder U2 VGT motor engine that delivers 70bhp power and 163 Nm of torque.