Hyundai Grand i10
The Grand i10 gets driver airbag as standard. Pictured: Hyundai Grand

South Korean auto major Hyundai is celebrating its 20th anniversary in India and to add colours to the merriment, the company is readying special editions of two of its popular models--- Grand i10 and Xcent. Young Key Koo, new CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, while speaking to ET Auto confirmed that the production of the upcoming special editions are already underway and would hit the market to mark the 20th anniversary celebration.

"This year we are introducing two special edition variants - Accent and i10 Grand - to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Production has started and these models will offer customer 30-40% extra feature benefits at no extra cost."

Hyundai, which laid the foundation for its factory in India on May 6, 1996, started its operations in the country in September 1998 at its manufacturing plant in Sriperumbudur near Chennai. The tallboy Santro was the first car of the company in the domestic market.

Coming back to the special editions of the Xcent and Grand i10, mechanically, both will remain the same as the current mode and continue to be by the 1.1-litre CRDe diesel engine or the 1.2-litre Kappa VTVT petrol engine. The transmission in both Xcent and Grand i10 will be taken care of by a five-speed manual gearbox and there is automatic transmission in petrol models.

The changes are likely to be limited to cosmetic additions like chrome embellishments, new seat upholstery and exterior accessories. The special editions are also expected to get features like special floor mats, seat covers and parcel tray.

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