With the unveiling of Grand i10 Nios Turbo, Hyundai has confirmed that the market will soon be getting yet another hot-hatch. Hyundai has plonked more than a 1.0L turbo-petrol mill on the Grand i10 Nios. What more does it have? Read on.
The love for 1000cc 3-cylinder turbo-petrol motor is getting on the heads of car manufacturers. Ford started this trend with their 1.0L Ecoboost engine, but now Hyundai is taking this a leap forward by introducing a 1.0L turbo-petrol engine in its Nios hatchback. Hyundai started offering this engine with the Venue first and then went on to introduce it in the Aura and now with the Grand i10 Nios.
After introducing the 1.0L turbo petrol engine in Venue and Aura, Hyundai has introduced it the Nios as well.
The Grand i10 Nios hatchback sits in between the Grand i10 and the Elite i20 in the company’s product lineup. It was initially launched with 2 engine options, a 1.2L petrol and 1.2L diesel, but with the introduction of a 1.0L turbo-petrol, the car will now boast of 3-engine options in total. The new 1.0L turbo-petrol engine option that Nios will get now is capable enough to produce 120PS and 172Nm as its peak output. However, these specs are reserved for the Euro-spec version of the Grand i10 Nios, while the Indian version of the car has a rated output of 100PS and 172Nm. Handling the transmission duties is a 5-speed manual transmission, which will have different gear ratios for the Indian and European version.
With the introduction of new engine, the Grand i10 Nios Turbo gets itself a set of new wheels borrowed from the recently launched Aura.
Apart from the mechanical updates, the Nios Turbo also gets a few tweaks on its exterior as well. The cascade grille is no finished in piano black with a turbo badging just like the Aura. It also gets a dual-tone paint job with a black roof to differentiate it from the regular Nios. With the addition of turbo badge, the Nios will now sit on diamond-cut 15-inch alloy wheels that were seen on the Aura as well. Apart from these changes, there’s hardly anything else that Nios Turbo gets as an extra over the regular car.
The Grand i10 Nios Turbo also get a turbo badging on its grille, which is now finished in a shade of glossy black.
The pricing for the car is not announced as of now but is expected to be around 80-90k more expensive than the top-end variant of the Nios. This way, it will compete against the likes of Tata Tiago JTP and much expensive Volkswagen Polo GT TSi. In simpler words, the Nios Turbo will not have any direct competition to face on and thus it is expected to capture a decent share of the market. However, to see that happening we will have to wait and watch how the Nios Turbo performs against no competition, what so ever.