Evolution has taught us that living forms get sleeker and often smaller with time since they shed whatever isn’t required. But with the passenger cars, it is the opposite – as succeeding models tend to get larger than their outgoing counterparts. It is a similar case with the successor of the Hyundai i10 as well. It is lengthier, wider and shorter; and has a longer list of features as well. Because it is bigger and better than the i10 in all respects, Hyundai is calling it the ‘Grand i10’.
For this grand approach, Hyundai has picked up design bits from its entire range of hatchbacks and have fused them together in the form of the Grand i10. Therefore you have headlamps and a side character line that seem inspired by the Eon; the glasshouse and the B- and C-pillars that resemble those of the current i10; and a chassis that has the stance of the i20.
There is, of course, the trademark hexagonal air-dam and the single-slat grille. But what attracts the eye is the set of chunky fog lamps and the angular sculpting on the front bumper. The side profile has a rather clean layout – especially compared to the overdone fluidic styling on the Eon. The rub rails look good but are standard only on the top end trim. On the lower spec variants the outlining crease meant for the rub-rails will look out of place – just the way it does on the Eon.
The tailgate has a fresh design. The taillights look funky and their design is completely new to the Hyundai line-up. But even at the back, it’s the bottom end of the car that attracts attention. The big reflectors on the rear bumper look gaudy in the first glance, but gel well with the sporty and youthful stance of this car.
As I mentioned earlier, the Grand i10 fuses design bits from various Hyundai hatchbacks. But that said, the designers have done a good job of making sure that the Grand i10 has a unique visual appeal. I like the fact that they haven’t gone overboard with the lines and creases that define the fluidic design philosophy.
But what I like more is that it doesn’t look too tall-boyish anymore. It’s design reminds me of the Hyundai Getz – no-nonsense style and a youthful stance – and that is a good!
oncars.in/ Rohit (Rash) Paradkar