Hyundai’s pint-sized i10 is at the Paris Motor Show to show its redesigned front fascia and a variety of other novelties.
The hardcore RN30 concept along with the third-gen i30 might be grabbing all of the attention at Hyundai’s stand in Paris, but let’s not forget the company’s A-segment model is also there to display the new corporate “cascading” front grille. The latter now hosts a pair of circular LED daytime running lights, which to be honest are sending out a bit of a Renault Twingo vibe. The two models are actually fighting for the same piece of the market, along with the VW Group’s trio: Seat Mii, Skoda Citigo, and the up!
Besides getting a new face, the i10 also has a slightly different rear bumper and a new look for the taillights, but the changes are rather on a subtle level. Fresh 14-inch steel and alloy wheels have also been added, while the updates to the steering ratio have improved handling, according to Hyundai.
Things get more interesting once you hop inside the car where there is now a new infotainment system benefitting from extra connectivity thanks to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Prospect buyers should know the infotainment is going to come bundled with a free seven-year subscription to several online services, such as local weather, real-time traffic conditions, position of speed cameras, and points of interests.
Significantly more important is the addition of a Front Collision Warning System using front-mounted camera sensors to detect any potential risks of a collision with another vehicle. If there’s a danger of a crash, the driver is going to be automatically alerted by the FCWS. Moreover, the 2017 i10 will also have a Lane Departure Warning System to alert the driver whenever making unsafe maneuvers at speeds of more than 60 kph (37 mph). LDWS will also send out an audio warning before going over lane markings.
Much like the model before it, the facelifted i10 will be available with a generous array of equipment for a car in its segment. Some of the goodies on offer are going to include heated front seats, automatic air conditioning, and a heated steering wheel, while the generous 252-liter cargo capacity has remained intact.
The only bad news is Hyundai doesn’t have plans to sell the i10 with the turbocharged 1.0-liter gasoline engine available on some of its other models with 100 hp & 120 hp. Instead, the city-oriented little car will solider on with its naturally-aspirated 1.0- and 1.25-liter engines hooked up to a five-speed manual or an optional four-speed auto. The more frugal i10 BlueDrive with the 1.0-liter unit will continue on the facelifted model and is going to come with an assortment of tweaks to boost efficiency.