New Delhi: Hyundai Motor India has launched a new Sportz variant of the Grand i10 Nios in India. The company launched the car with a 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The new car directly competes with the Tata Tiago JTP hot hatch. The price of the Sportz variant starts at ₹7.68 lakh (ex-showroom). The Nios Sportz was first unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020 earlier this year.
The new 1-litre turbocharged GDi petrol engine of the Grand i10 Nios Sportz variant is BS6 compliant and churns out a healthy 100PS power at 6000 rpm and produces 172Nm of peak torque, which kicks in early at just 1500 rpm and delivers the same up to 4000rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The ARAI claimed mileage is 20.3 kmpl.
The new car is available in two color schemes, a single-tone variant priced at ₹7.68 lakh and a dual-tone option that is priced at ₹7.73 lakh. For buyers looking at dual-tone options, Hyundai is offering the car in Fiery Red with a black roof and Polar White with a black roof top. In single-tone, the Grand i10 Nios Sportz will come in Aqua Teal and Polar White. The interiors of the car will be in all-black.
Hyundai Motor India, earlier this year launched the Grand i10 Nios which comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.2-litre diesel engine. The price of the Nios starts at ₹4.99 lakh and goes all the way to over ₹8 lakh for the top model diesel variant. With the launch of the Sportz, Hyundai has added to the range of hatchbacks on offer. Currently, the company is selling Santro, Grand i10, Grand i10 Nios and Elite i20 under this category.
By selling smaller cars with diesel engines, Hyundai expects to fill the void left behind by Maruti Suzuki who decided to drop diesel powertrains altogether. The BS6 norms have pushed manufacturers away from diesel engines as it increases the cost of production substantially.