The new LED daytime running lights send out a Renault Twingo vibe.

Hyundai’s smallest car on sale today has received some cosmetic revisions to keep up with the times and remain a viable alternative to the Skoda Citigo / Seat Mii / Volkswagen up! trio. Launched towards the end of 2013, the second-gen i10 is being given a facelift which sees the introduction of the company’s new ‘Cascading’ front grille also to be implemented on the next-gen i30.

The most striking change is the adoption of round LED daytime running lights located at the edges of the fresh grille. The new look makes us think of the Renault Twingo, another A-segment rival. Both front and rear bumpers have received a nip and tuck, along with slightly modified graphics for the taillights and updated round fog lamps mimicking the revised front fascia look.

There’s not much going on with the side profile, but we do have to mention the fresh 14-inch alloy wheel design and the different side mouldings. Hyundai says it has also prepared a new set of 14-inch steel wheels which will obviously be offered on the lesser trim levels.

2017 Hyundai i10 facelift
2017 Hyundai i10 facelift

Stepping inside the cabin, the 2017 i10 comes with an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to provide better connectivity. The new model year also welcomes two important safety functions: Front Collision Warning System (FCWS) and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) (optional on most trims). The former will send out audio and visual warnings in case of a possible collision with surrounding vehicles. As for the latter, it will alert the driver in the event of unsafe maneuvers at speeds of more than 37 mph (60 kph).

The 2017 i10 will soldier on with its 1.0- and 1.2-liter gasoline engines sending power to the front axle via a standard five-speed manual or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai and Kia have a turbocharged, three-cylinder 1.0-liter engine with 100 hp (there’s also a 120-hp version) which would have been pretty sweet for the city car, but the model will continue with naturally-aspirated powertrains.

The updated i10 will be shown in October at the Paris Motor Show and should go on sale shortly thereafter.

Source: Hyundai

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