New Hyundai i10 will not receive an electric motorMay 12, 2020
Hyundai plans to release new electric cars, but the i10 will not enter this line.
The third generation Hyundai i10 will stick to internal combustion engines, at least in the foreseeable future, since there is no plan to release an electric version. According to Raf Van Nuffel, director of product and price for the brand, the company is approaching the EV game “from top to bottom,” because they believe that the money is in the upper segments.
“When it comes to electrification, Hyundai applies the cascading principle: we let our innovations go from top to bottom. We do this because our resources are not unlimited, and currently we are focusing on slightly larger models, which can also be electrified on a competitive basis, ”said Van Nuffel.
In the end, the CEO sees an electric version of the city car that will compete with the Volkswagen e-Up!, Skoda Citigo iV and Seat Mii Electric. However, given the average life of modern cars, which is only six years for the second generation i10, it is not known whether the current iteration is suitable for electrification.
Launched last year after a presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, the new i10 boasts an exquisite appearance that makes it a very modern car. Compared to its predecessor, it has a lowered roof, and also has become a bit wider. This is a sporty new design of the company, which includes a special grille with built-in LED DRLs.
The dashboard and door cards have a three-dimensional honeycomb design, and drivers will enjoy the new 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with the ability to connect a smartphone, automatic climate control, a multi-function steering wheel with a three-spoke appearance and several other elements.
The new i10 is offered with a 1.0- and 1.2-liter gasoline, 1.0-liter LPG and 1.1-liter diesel engine in combination with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. A tiny hatchback assembled in Turkey and India. Prices in the UK start at £ 12,820 ($ 15,894), making it £ 1,600 ($ 1,984) cheaper than the i20 subcompact.
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