2014 Hyundai i10 Unveiled, Australian Debut Under Consideration

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2014 Hyundai i10 Revealed, Under Consideration For Australia

Hyundai#39;s new second-generation i10 hatch has surfaced online this week, ahead of an official unveiling at September#39;s Frankfurt Motor Show.

And, unlike the last i10 which was kept away by a less-than-perfect 4-Star safety rating, this new i10 could be a starter for the Australian market.

Two versions of the i10 will be offered, with one bound for the sub-light-loving Indian market and the other heading to Europe, where buyers are also very fond of city cars.

India#39;s version will be dubbed Grand i10, while European markets will stick with the simpler #39;i10#39; name. The styling differences are equally subtle.

Front- and rear-end styling is largely identical for both models, although the European i10 gets LED daytime running lights along the edge of the fog-light bezels.

The most obvious difference is in the i10#39;s profile: the Grand i10 gets a squared-off roof for greater head space in the second row, while the Euro i10 wears a style-driven tapered roofline and an upswept belt-line and D-pillar.

And despite sitting one step down from the i20. the new i10 is also a little larger than its predecessor, measuring 80mm longer and 65mm wider. (Suggesting the next i20 will be larger also.)

Hyundai says boot capacity has grown to 252 litres – one litre more than the VW Up – and it claims a six-foot tall passenger will sit comfortably in the second row.

The carmaker also promises an improved interior quality for the new i10, with soft-touch dash and door materials and a host of storage options.

Features in the European model include a heated leather steering wheel, keyless entry and cruise control. Safety equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Mechanically, the new i10 is driven by the same small petrol engines driving the current i10 – and Kia#39;s Picanto – including three-cylinder 1.0 litre and four-cylinder 1.2 petrol options.

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Speaking with TMR today, Hyundai Australia#39;s Guido Schenken confirmed that the brand is considering its options for a local launch of the i10.

The existing i10 is much acclaimed in Europe and we#39;re extremely confident that the new car will be class-leading, but at the moment, it#39;s still in the early stages of review, Mr Schenken said.

So, for now, it remains to be seen if the i10 can succeed in Australia, and the light and sub-light markets are not easy segments to operate in.

Tight margins limit the benefit to carmakers and dealers, and the fluctuating Australian dollar has a more obvious impact on lower-end offerings.

But, with the #39;cheap and cheerful#39; Getz once dominating as a top-selling model for the brand, Hyundai Australia will undoubtedly be watching the new i10 closely.

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