New 2019 Hyundai i10 to get radical reboot

6 Aug, 2019 11:01pm Steve Fowler

The new Hyundai i10 city car has been previewed in a design sketch ahead of its official Frankfurt reveal

A design sketch of the new Hyundai i10 has been revealed, with the city car set to get its world debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show

The sketch reveals a radical rethink on the brand’s city car, transforming from a conservative and frumpy five-door to something far sleeker and sexier, but still offering five-door practicality. We’re promised that the sketch is pretty close to the car that will make it into showrooms early next year.

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The new car looks lower and wider than the current i10 with a deep, wide grille flanked by circular daytime running lights. Beneath and to the side of the grille are triangular air intakes – described as air curtains by Hyundai – that further accentuate the width and dynamism of the design.

The main headlights feature an angled crease that leads into a sharp line running through the front fender and reappearing over the rear wheel arch. Those arches are filled by chunky alloys that are also set to be offered on production cars.

Although not really visible in the sketch, the triangular theme continues at the rear where the rear bodywork reaches up into the C-pillar, where a Hyundai logo will sit. 

The big news inside is a major tech upgrade, with the latest connectivity including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with wireless smartphone charging and even a rear view camera.

Hyundai is also claiming that the new i10 will be the safest car in the A-segment with big-car safety kit. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist using a radar sensor to detect cars and pedestrians will feature, plus Lane Keep Assist and optional High Beam Assist.

There’s no word yet on engine options, but expect them to mirror the current low-capacity petrol engines with no sign of electrification for Hyundai’s smallest car.

Speaking exclusively to jumbo-bg, Hyundai Motor UK’s managing director Ashley Andrew said, “The i10 is one of our main volume pillars and has been incredibly successful for us. 

“I can’t overstate the importance of the new car. We’re emotionalising the brand; we’ve got the tech and with that comes design. And the design is now really coming through.”

When the new i10 arrives next year, it’ll not only usher in new level of style and tech for the model, it’s also likely to see a repositioning in terms of price away from the car’s current budget car origins. We’d expect it to start at over £11,000 rather than the £9,200 of today’s i10. However, the increased desirability of the new model, along with Andrew’s drive to improve the residual values of Hyundai models, should help to lessen the blow when it comes to monthly payments.

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