It was in February this year that Hyundai Motor India had introduced
the Grand i10 Nios – Sportz Variant with the very popular 1.0 litre Turbo GDi engine.
Then covid came in spoiled all the fun. This variant has some cosmetic changes of
which we shall talk later. Why do I call it a popular engine? It’s obvious that
this same engine does splendid service across the Hyundai and Kia stables
within the Hyundai Motor group globally and in India.
(Ex-Showroom -ONE INDIA ONE PRICE)
BS6 1.0L Turbo GDi
Sportz (Dual Tone)
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Maximum Power (hp/rpm)
ARAI Certified Figures
(Turbo Petrol Engine)
171.62@1,500 ~ 4,000
This engine dishes out power depending on the model and the segment.
Since the Hyundai Garnd i10 Nios is a
small car, the power derived from this engine for this car is more than
adequate. Or else, frankly speaking, Hyundai would have to build massive
spoilers at the rear to prevent it from lifting off to the skies. And I am not
joking, it would have been a lot of power for this car to handle at 120hp. At
99hp, it’s more than adequate.
This 1 litre GDi engine powers the Aura, Venue and the Verna from
the Hyundai Motor India stable. While the Aura and the Grand i10 Nios –Sportz
variant gets similar power and torque, in the Venue and the Verna, the power
and torque is bumped up, even though it is the same engine.
The power of the engine was
quite evident when I got the chance to step on it. Gears one and two are simply
brute. Here in this article I am just
talking about the performance of this new engine and not about any other
features, apart from some aesthetic changes. Yes, it’s got a very amazing lift
off from the word “Go”. It’s definitely an enthusiast’s car. Generally small
cars in this category come with engine power that is so inadequate and so weak.
But the turbo GDi engine changes all that.
The best part of this car is that it’s got manual gears. That makes
the car a lot more fun. Slot it in gear two, and watch the rpm gauge spiking
and the speed reaching dizzy heights. You can feel the power and see for
yourself how fast the car gets to move. The gears definitely come with long
legs. In fact, in gear two you can speed much beyond the 70kmph and wonder how
much more this car can go. The gear ratios have been fixed in such a manner
that you can definitely zip ahead of others cars, the moment the traffic signal
Fast cars can definitely drive slowly too. That’s obvious. But slow
cars need not drive fast. This is a fast car and is not only swift but is
planted and very confident on the roads. The brakes and suspension are such,
that it oozes confidence.
The Sportz variant of the Grand i10 Nios will be offered in
contrasting dual tone colours - Fiery Red with Black Roof and Polar White with
Black Roof along with single tone colour options - Aqua Teal & Polar White.
Now that we have given confident thumbs up to the performance of
this engine, let’s move to the cosmetic changes. This new trim option has a
unique turbo badge on the front grille and tail gate on the exterior. And when
it comes to the interior, it features an all-black colour scheme with red
inserts. This makes it all sporty and urban looking from inside, doing great
justice to what is under the hood now.
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