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Hyundai i10 to get sophisticated successor

Thursday, 22nd August, 2019 8:52am

In spite of a generally falling market for small ‘city’ cars, Hyundai is going to replace its popular i10 with an all-new model, which will make its debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Although the i10’s sales have slipped by some 29 per cent so far this year, it still sells in significant numbers — 800 registrations so far in 2019 — and it outsells its nearest rival, the Kia Picanto, by an equally significant margin.

Judging from the sketch image that Hyundai has just released, the i10 will be taking a major step up in style, from the current rather plain and upright model.

The sketch shows a much more striking ‘face’ with dramatically swept-back headlamps, an aggressive front bumper design (with big triangular air intakes, which Hyundai calls ‘air curtains’), and big wheelarch blisters that eat deeply into the flanks of the car. If we didn’t know better, we’d say Hyundai was trying to make the i10 sporty…

The company says that: “The all-new i10 has a young and dynamic design that stands out in the A-segment. Its wide front grille expresses a sporty character and incorporates the daytime running lights, thus continuing this feature of the i10’s heritage.”

There’s many a slip between the cup of the sketch pad and the lip of the local dealership, of course, but digging a little deeper shows that the sophisticated style that we’ve seen so far will very probably translate into an equal level of sophistication on the inside.

Hyundai has already confirmed that the new i10 will come with such big-car options as a forward collision-avoidance assist with a front radar sensor, with driver attention warning, and lane keep assist system as standard. There will also be a big touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and a rear-view camera.

Engine-wise, we’d expect to see either a new, or at least heavily revised version of the current i10’s three-cylinder petrol motor, but don’t plan on there being an electric i10, at least not yet.

It’s tricky to make the sums for such small city cars add up as it is (hence why many car makers are actually abandoning the sector entirely) and adding battery tech would probably be too expensive for this model cycle.

We’ll have more details on the new i10 from the show floor in Frankfurt on 12 September.

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