Hyundai to start selling updated i10 city car range, Blue model on March 1

Article by Christian A., on February 5, 2011

Going on sale starting March 1 are the updated versions of Hyundai’s i10 city car range. On this date, Hyundai’s first sub-100g/km Blue model will also arrive. Hyundai upgraded the specifications and designs of the rest in the lineup. The new and improved version of Hyundai’s entry-point model is regarded to be a major step forward over the current i10.

Modifications were made on the i10’s design, both in the cabin and on the car’s exterior. These changes are in line with the brand’s bold and progressing design language, showing an obvious resemblance between the new i10 and other recently launched Hyundais, including the sleek ix35 and ix20 models.

The lineup is powered by a new and improved range of Euro V compliant engines that offer clean performance, outstanding fuel economy and very low emissions. The all-new 1.0-liter ‘Kappa’ engine is featured on the latest i10, replacing the old 1.1-liter ‘Epsilon’ unit. This innovative three-cylinder engine returns an awesome 67.3 mpg combined.

Hyundai also improved the 1.25-liter ‘Kappa’ engine, which now has 13-percent more power (85 bhp), 9.2 percent less carbon dioxide (108 g/km) and 8.7 percent better fuel consumption (61.4 mpg) compared to the outgoing 1.25-liter ‘Kappa’ engine.

To make the most of the efficient new 1.0-liter engine, Hyundai presented an all-new model - the i10 Blue. This special ‘eco’ edition of the i10 has a carbon dioxide emissions level of 99 g/km, which means that the vehicle is exempted from VED and the London Congestion Charge.

The Hyundai i10 city car was developed replace the Hyundai Atos (also known as the Santro). During its development, the i10 received the codename Hyundai PA. The South Korean carmaker unveiled the first generation of the i10 to the global public on October 31, 2007, in New Delhi, India. Its production was set at Hyundai's Chennai plant in India for both the domestic and export markets.

In September 2010, Hyundai unveiled a facelifted version of the i10. Outside, the i10 featured an all new front end inspired by the Fluidic Sculpture design language. Its front end is marked by a new radiator grille with chrome detailing as flanked by 3D wraparound headlamps with multi reflector chrome surround fog lamps. On the other end, the i10 features bold rear bumper with body colored inserts, rear bumper reflectors as well as sleek and elongated rear lamps.

Inside, the facelifted Hyundai i10 features a metal finish center console, a new instrument cluster as well as blue interior illumination. It also features segment gear shift indicator display for manual transmission models, digital fuel indicator, as well as steering mounted audio and Bluetooth controls.

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