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.
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.
Gallery: 2017 Hyundai i10 facelift
THE NEW i10: MORE STYLE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR AN EVEN GREATER PACKAGE
- The evolution of Hyundai Motor’s second-generation i10 comes with young and modern design refinements
- New i10 offers new advanced active safety and connectivity features usually only found in the segments above
- Hyundai Motor’s refined A-segment car, designed, developed and produced in Europe, will debut live at the Paris Motor Show 2016
High Wycombe, 31 August 2016 – Hyundai Motor’s successful i10 has been enhanced with new advanced active safety and connectivity features from the segments above, as well as modern design refinements, including the new signature Cascading front grille.
“New i10 showcases strong build quality and our passion for detail, while also including many features from the segments above,” said Tony Whitehorn, President & CEO Hyundai Motor UK Ltd. “The impressive package has made the i10 one of the best-selling cars in its class and popular with customers across the UK - a success story that the New i10 is set to carry on.”
Refined design highlights and an enhanced ride
New i10 comes with many design refinements for a more emotionally appealing look, including the new Cascading front grille. It is characterised by its curved natural flowing line and will become the new family identity for Hyundai models in the future. New i10 will be the first Hyundai car on the road with this new signature design feature.
In the front, the New i10 features a new bumper design and new round LED daytime running lights, positioned at the edges of the new Cascading grille. On the rear, New i10 is also characterised by an evolved bumper design, including refined materials on the rear lights, a new black inlay as well as round rear fog lamps mirroring the new front design. Redesigned side mouldings with a new shape and size round off the fresh profile of New i10.
Moving to the interior, New i10 comes with a new shade of red cloth. Customers can now also choose from blue and black interior colours on all trims.
New i10 introduces a new design of 14-inch steel or alloy wheel. Enhancements in ride and handling created by a larger front bump stopper and modified steering gear ratio, round off New i10’s segment-leading package.
Like its predecessor, New i10 will come with the proven choice of two petrol engines, 1.0-litre and 1.25-litre, driving the front wheels through five-speed manual as standard or four-speed automatic gearboxes. The BlueDrive™ model, based on the 1.0-litre petrol variant, includes a number of features to reduce fuel consumption.
All good things come from above – great package of connectivity, convenience and active safety
The New i10 makes advanced technology available to more people than ever before. Responding to customer demand for single connectivity features, New i10 includes the latest connectivity features, all integrated into the new seven-inch touch screen navigation system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto guarantee seamless integration, safe operation and mirrored functionality of mobile devices based on iOS or the Android operating system. In order to be up-to-date at any time, New i10’s navigation system comes with a seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services, offering real-time traffic conditions, local weather and points of interest as well as the position of speed cameras in countries where this is permitted by law. Customers do not even have to choose: New i10 is the only car in its class to offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and LIVE Services in a single infotainment system.*
*(Please note it will be available on the high trim only in UK).
In terms of safety, New i10 now comes with two advanced features to actively avoid accidents, both based on the new multi-functional camera: a Front Collision Warning System (FCWS) and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) (optional on most trims). Using front camera sensors, FCWS alerts the driver acoustically and visually about collision dangers arising from other vehicles. Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver if unsafe movements are made while the car is driving over 60 km/h. The LDWS sounds an alarm before the car moves over lane markings.
On the convenience side, the New i10 scores with the tried and tested feature package of its predecessor: automatic air conditioning, heated steering wheel and front seat warmers, make it an ideal companion for every weather condition and every activity. Up to five people fit into the roomy interior and the segment-leading trunk volume of up to 252 litres offers generous stowage.
Made in Europe, for Europe – the i10 success story
Since its introduction back in 2008 the i10 has been a major success story for Hyundai Motor with around 670,000 units sold by July 2016. That makes it one of the best-selling cars in this segment in recent years.
The original i10 alone with its unique value for money offer achieved over half a million sales in seven years between 2008 and 2014. When the second-generation i10 was introduced in late 2013 the model truly became a European car – designed and developed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC) in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and manufactured at Hyundai Assan Otomotive Sanayi (HAOS) in ĺzmit, Turkey.
The second-generation i10 with its young, modern design and dynamic drivability has been more than capable of keeping up with its predecessor, with more than 220,000 units sold in only three years. The New i10 debuts live for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in early October 2016.