By: Jason Woosey
Hyundai has given its European-spec i10 a small makeover and technological update, and many of the changes are expected to filter through to South Africa's Grand i10 during the first quarter of next year.
Disambiguation: South Africa's Grand i10, which is sourced from India, differs from the European i10, primarily at the rear end where the 'Grand' has been stretched by 100mm. The different rear door design (note how the Euro i10's rear window line runs into the C-pillar) is the easiest way of telling them apart.
The two are otherwise very similar and that applies to the facelift that you see here, in which the freshened front and rear designs will also find their way onto either end of the Grand i10's longer body.
The biggest visual changes are upfront, where the facelifted i10 features Hyundai's new signature 'Cascading' grille, with round fog lights integrated into the top corners. Moving to the back, the i10 gets a bolder rear bumper featuring a large black inlay, while new chrome surrounds garnish the taillights.
Apart from additional red and blue colour scheme options, the big news inside is a range of new features, including an 18cm touch-screen, reverse camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as well as driver aids such as Front Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
The local features basket has yet to be confirmed, however our contact at Hyundai informs us that some new features are being considered for the local model.
Pricing and final specs, of course, will only be known closer to launch. There is no word on any new engines though, so you can expect the Grand to soldier on with the familiar 64kW 1.25-litre normally aspirated petrol engine.
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