South Korean carmaker Hyundai has launched new Elantra and the new Tucson in India in 2016. Its Creta SUV, Grand i10 and i20 Elite continue to register healthy sales. Riding on these cars, Hyundai India currently has over 17 percent market share and it is the second largest carmaker in India. To maintain the positive sales momentum, the company is gearing up for the launch of three models in early 2017.
Hyundai India will launch new Grand i10, Xcent and Verna by the first half of 2017, reports Overdrive. The launch of the new Grand i10 is expected in January 2017. The facelift version of the Hyundai's workhorse will feature a design shift in line with the new i10 unveiled for the European market in August 2016. It will feature a new grille characterised by its curved flowing line called Cascading grille. The new Grand i10 will also sport a reworked front bumper and a set of new funky round LED daytime running lights positioned at the top edges of the grille. On the rear, the hatchback will get a beefed up bumper design with thick black inlay and round rear fog lamps complementing the design change in the front.
The Xcent will feature similar changes of the Grand i10 in design till the C-Pillar. Redesigned rear-end will be more cohesive to the overall design and it will help the car look bigger. The rear will get a bold design and sleek tail lamp units in line with the new Verna launched in China. The bumper, rear fender and boot lid will be all new in line with the new design pattern. Both Grand i10 and the Xcent will continue to draw power from the 1.2-litre Kappa petrol and 1.1-litre three cylinder U2 VGT diesel mills.
New Verna is expected during April-May. In addition to the current petrol and diesel engines, new Verna is also expected with a hybrid engine. Hyundai is reportedly working on a hybrid setup in line with Suzuki's SHVS mild-hybrid tech that will enhance fuel efficiency for Verna. The new version of the Verna has been launched recently in the Chinese market. It features a sleeker design and also sports Cascading front grille. It measures 4,380mm in length, 1,728mm in width and 1,460mm in height, making it 5mm longer and 28mm wider than the outgoing model. The new version also has a 30mm longer wheelbase.